Candy Wrappers, 2002
Moving between the multi-dimensional world we live in and the 2-dimensional world of photography requires a unique transformation. Though photographers and consumers of photography for more than a century have refused to admit it, that which appears in a photograph is no longer a part of this world. In fact, the only things that can retain their original shape (or lack thereof) are ideas.
These photographs of candy wrappers make explicit the difference between our physical reality and the fiction of the plane. Not only the photographic plane, but the plane of dissection whereupon 3-dimensional structures become objects for critique and analysis. Though meant to cover the shape of candy or chocolate, these plastic and foil wrappers are actually 2-dimensional surfaces. As they lose their intended shape, they gain new significance–as objects of consumption and seduction.
Through the use of language and graphic design, these wrappers become a seductive skin for the stuff within. But how often do we dissect them? How often do we read their 2-dimensional fictional language without the illusion of their 3-dimensional form? Which state is the most truthful?