Melissa Eder
Sunshine Daydream (Gold Tinsel)Sunshine Daydream (Ball)Sunshine Daydream (Cupcake)Sunshine Daydream (Swan)Sunshine Daydream (Dice)Sunshine Daydream (Wings)Sunshine Daydream (Purple Tinsel)Sunshine Daydream (Camouflage Ball)Sunshine Daydream (Rotten Teeth)Sunshine Daydream (Football)Sunshine Daydream (Silver Tinsel)Sunshine Daydream (Drink)Sunshine Daydream (Crown)Sunshine Daydream (Imitation Rubrik's Cube)Sunshine Daydream (Plastic Pear)Sunshine Daydream (Gold Tinsel 2)
Sunshine Daydream
Sunshine Daydream (Dedicated to Jerry G.) is my most recent project. This project consists of large-scale colorful 30” x 40” and 20"x 30" digital prints on metallic paper. In Sunshine Daydream, I continue to photograph such 99 cents store finds as tinsel, fake fruit, a princess crown and plastic balls. Somehow, I find a real connection to these things; some in a concrete way (such as the princess crown) and others (like the tinsel) in a more abstract sense. This project also considers ideas related to the natural and artificial, high art/low art and to personal taste. My interest in pop art happened at a very young age. When I was about three, I went with my family to see a Pop Art survey show at MOMA in 1967. I can recall my parents pointing out a sculpture of French fries and a painting of a piece of cake. When I got back home to New Jersey, I painted a picture of a piece of cake with a cherry on top. I thought it was great that you could look at everything as art. I still believe this idea. Of course, now, I acknowledge the layers and complexities of meaning(s) that create Western culture on both a personal and larger field.The title of the project, Sunshine Daydream (Dedicated to Jerry G.), pays homage to one of my favorite Dead songs.