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Meredith Allen

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Forever (gorilla)
Forever (gorilla)
Forever (pelican, green)
Forever (pelican, green)
The Melting Ice Pop Series evokes the ever-changing landscape that surrounds me on Long Island in the summer. I merely wanted to make pretty landscape photographs, but soon realized I wanted to go beyond what I saw in order to reveal the banality of the cliched landscape image.

I chose a selection of ice pops on a stick in the shape of pop cultural icons, i.e. bugs bunny, pokemon, and tweety, from the Mr. Softee truck that drove by my house daily. I posed these figures against the surrounding landscape. They slowly melt under the sun and lose their candy features and distinctive outline. Tension is created between attraction and repulsion as this sweet summer treat distorts and becomes grotesque as it melts. The ice cream is as ephemeral as a perfect summer day.
Above top left images from the Series 'Forever', 2003 / 2004. Images on right from the Series 'Melting Ice Pops', 1999 -2002. See artist website for full series and details.
Forever (monkey)
Forever (monkey)
My photography depicts the ever-changing landscape of the world around me.

I look for opportunities to introduce a new context to my surroundings. And through this exploration, I aim to incite the subtle tension between nature and culture, innocence and cynicism and the beautiful and the grotesque.
Meredith Allen
New York, NY
New York
North America

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