Collection: Josephine Meckseper

Josephine Meckseper
b. 1964, Lilienthal, Germany; lives in New York¶
Thank a Vet, 2008
Walker, mannequin legs, socks, toilet mat, metal clip stand, stainless steel scouring pad, underwear packaging, toilet brush, mannequin chest, T-shirt, motor oil container, and acrylic cube on mirrored pedestal
72 1/16 x 94 5/16 x 47 1/4 inches
Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of John and Sally Story
PG-2012.136

New York-based artist Josephine Meckseper investigates consumer culture and the allure of commodities in order to critique contemporary politics and violence perpetuated through global markets. For example, in Thank a Vet, the artist has placed a series of everyday objects onto a pristine mirrored base that recalls the display techniques of luxury boutiques. The objects reference war and the fragmented male body. A t-shirt, which shows a U.S. flag, is placed on a headless mannequin and reads, "If you love your freedom/Thank a Vet," while a metal cane stands next to mannequin legs. A plastic container of Mobile oil recalls the influence that oil consumption has had on the U.S. involvement in recent wars. Created in 2008, when the U.S. was at war with both Iraq and Afghanistan, the piece is an unapologetic critique, highlighting the human cost of economically motivated political conflict. ¶

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