Prescription Presence: Artwork Reflecting the Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry on American Culture and Identity
SU Advisor: Star Varner and Kristen Van Patten
This series of artworks references the omnipresence of the pharmaceutical industry in America. It’s no secret that this industry is a massive and expanding entity in our country; however, our unique relationship with the saturated existence of prescription medication is rarely questioned or problematized. In my artworks I use thousands of painted over-the-counter pills and gelatin capsules to create various two- and three-dimensional forms influenced by multiple aspects of the American prescription drug culture, such as: attractive direct-to-consumer print and television advertising; colorful packaging; and pervasive marketing. My work reflects the span, the benefits, and the deleterious effects of Big Pharma in America in order to illuminate a surprisingly essential aspect of our national identity.