Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen
Debra Hampton: Born 1971 in Fullerton, California, USA
In Debra Hampton's art, beauty can be seen as both an armour and a weapon. In the dramatic booth installation with historical references, Debra Hampton poses important questions about our consumer culture and the ongoing focus on the body and the continual quest for youthful apperance and perfection. Debra Hampton applies glossy cut-outs from lifestyle magazines to create a powerful representation of the feminine as a contemporary warrior by applying imagery from consumer culture and luxury products.
The questions and critiques raised by her collages are valid and an ongoing debate, since we're living in a time of ecomomical hardship and one should think post-consumerism. However the quest for eternal youth and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle is showing no signs of slowing down.
Are we in a time of denial, rather than facing the facts that there are more substantial concerns at stake?