"Mind Over Man" chronicles my artwork around the paradigm of power.
Looking at powerful public figures in their respective costumes we are reminded that clothing and costume is loaded with historical and cultural significance.
A Kings crown and sash, the pope’s hat and staff , the champions yellow jersey at the tour de France, the judges neutralizing black robe, the red carpet appearances at the Oscars - are all symbolic markers of status and hierarchy based in tradition and culture.
The uniforms worn by political and religious leaders have dual purposes and effects: They mask the wearer - overwriting individualistic biographical and physical attributes - and they also signal outward and identify the bearer of power.
As such, clothes and costumes convey identity, status, and in turn, power. The association of power with the display of an appropriately clothed body is deeply entrenched and accepted in our culture.
Posted by Peter O. Zierlein at 3:56 PM