Ready for Action

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Button Up
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Reflection (Fantastic Four in Mirror)
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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Wardrobe
Archival ink jet print, 2006. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Real Me
Archival ink jet print, 2006. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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Training
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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Knitting a Forcefield
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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He Knew He Could Help
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Knitting a Forcefield 2
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Take Care
Archival ink jet print, 2006. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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Whudd
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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Sunset
Archival ink jet print, 2006. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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The Kid
Archival ink jet print, 2006. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Password
Archival ink jet print, 2006. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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Minute-Man?
Archival ink jet print, 2006. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Me and the Guys
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Talking
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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SSSK
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 11" x 8"
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Now the News
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 8-1/2" x 11"
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Batmen
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Proper Response
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Us
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Sweaterman Faces
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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My Bat Faces
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 13" x 19"
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Face Index I
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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Face Index II
Archival ink jet print, 2005. Edition of 8. 19" x 13"
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On Watch
Color Photograph. 2005. 26" x 24". Edition of 5.
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The Scout
Color Photograph. 2005. 24" x 36". Edition of 5.
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Self-Made
Color Photograph. 2004. 24" x 36". Edition of 5.

Ready for Action

Prints and photographs are my opportunity to expand the narratives the suits suggest to me. The images from the Ready for Action series and preceding photographs focus on the hero in the costume, where and how he functions, what is his super power, and how does he fight. In Button-Up we see the costumed hero getting ready to go out, his wife buttoning up his costume. In WHUDD, and Knitting a Forcefield 1 and 2, the hero fights evil and protects those around him with his super power - a forcefield he generates while knitting.
The forcefield is based in two references. The first is a memory of my Grandmother. After dinner, she would sit on the couch and work on her projects. Even when the house was full with aunts, uncles, and cousins, she would be able to work happily no matter what we were doing, as though she was in a protective bubble. My second connection is to a lecture I heard in a Textile History class I heard in school. The teacher spoke about a tradition of Northern Renaissance paintings of women doing textile work in pubs, while lecherous, drunken men hit on them. In the paintings the women physically hid in the forcefield generated by their embroidery or other textile work.