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My work revolves around using a specialized blend of art, design, and craft to interpret political narratives through fabricated products. These objects weave contemporary commentary and consumer indulgences into sculptural cultures. Each product is designed to mimic its own marketed culture—offering an enticingly tactile, interactive experience that is equal parts confusing, concerning, and delightful. The products are accompanied by investment opportunities in the form of popular, limited released merchandized objects, such as hats and patches. Using humor and subtlety, my gamelike installations explore arenas such as agency, autonomy, intimacy, and dueling realities in a time of ecological collapse and cultural reification. I also examine these themes in the construction of my ‘sock puppet’ tapestries. Present in my work are my own frustrations about the past, doubts on the present, and concerns for the future; however, I also strongly believe in a better world.
Tardo, Jane Marie M., "Snake Tube Adventure Racing… and More!" (2020). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2777.