“My White Trash Family,” by Kim Alsbrooks, is a mixed media series inspired by the artist’s experience class distinction in the American South. For a sort of canvas, Alsbrooks chose crushed cans, mostly beer and sweet tea, which she found one by one on the street. She then painted them in the style of 17th and 18th century American portraits, with small ovals of oil that echo the watercolor on ivory era. Decorating literal trash with images of the antebellum elite, Alsbrooks challenges ideas of social hierarchy and good breeding.

 

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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