Jaimie Warren’s Playful Pop Culture Selfies Subvert The Form’s Perceived Vanity

Self-portrait as Pretzel Rod Stewart

Self-portrait as Pretzel Rod Stewart

Self-portrait as Lasagna Del Rey

Self-portrait as Lasagna Del Rey

Self-portrait as woman in Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso

Self-portrait as woman in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso

Self-portrait as Yoda in L'admiration by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Self-portrait as Yoda in L’admiration by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Selfies are a ubiquitous mode of self-expression. Photographer and performance artist Jaimie Warren integrates pop culture. humor, and a bright color palette to create visually striking self-portraits that are absurd, humorous, and campy. In one photo series, Warren becomes celebrity-food characters, fusing their names into an offbeat expression. In another, she re-creates images from art history, embellishing them with her signature pop culture camp style. Warren’s selfies subvert the form of traditional portraiture by using absurdity and grotesqueness to supplant the selfie’s identification with vanity. In addition to her individual projects, Warren also co-directs an internationally touring “faux-cable access show” called Whoop Dee Doo, a nonprofit that partners with youth organizations to introduce kids to wonderfully strange art that is meaningful, fun, and compelling. (via la monda and vice)

Self-portrait as Tuna Turner

Self-portrait as Tuna Turner

Self-portrait as Lasagna Harding

Self-portrait as Lasagna Harding

Self-portrait as Santa in painting from La Vallée des Nobles

Self-portrait as Santa in painting from La Vallée des Nobles

Self-portrait as Bulls fan in La Jeunesse de Bacchus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Self-portrait as Bulls fan in La Jeunesse de Bacchus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Self-portrait as stripper in Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau

Self-portrait as stripper in Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau

Self-portrait as Bon Bon Jovi

Self-portrait as Bon Bon Jovi

Self-portrait as JonBeignet Ramsey

Self-portrait as JonBeignet Ramsey

Self-portrait as Madonut

Self-portrait as Madonut

Self-portrait as Oreoprah

Self-portrait as Oreoprah

Matza Zsa Gabor

Matza Zsa Gabor

Self-portrait as Pinhead from Hellraiser in Homere et son Guide by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Self-portrait as Pinhead from Hellraiser in Homere et son Guide by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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