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Peach Teats at the Dude Ranch
2022, Te Tuhi
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa NZ
Peach Teats at the Dude Ranch is a billboard project where dis-identification runs amuck.
I transformed ‘Peach Teats’ the iconic character from the dairy-product billboards located on State Highway 1 into a series of intentionally homo-eroticised caricatures. I also referenced the controversial M.A.D.g.E. sponsored billboards from the early 2000’s. Although instead of investigating genetic engineering through cliche gender roles and shock tactics, I conceptually ‘drag’ Peach Teats into 1950’s Reno, Nevada where the 1985 lesbian classic film “Desert Hearts” is set. The resulting designs have been digitised and made into embroidered patches.
This process enables the disparate references to be held together and rendered as tangible emblems which signal a fictional sub-culture of rural queer belonging.
Special thanks to;
Creative Embroidery, Mt Wellington.
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