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My senior photography thesis being made into a magazine.

Hello everyone! 

My name is Elizabeth Renstrom and I am currently in my final semester pursuing a BFA in Photography at Parsons School of Design. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY.

What is WAXY CHUNKS?

                                          SBURNZ 2012

        For the past 9 months I have been working on a project called Waxy Chunks for my senior thesis. These photographs of sculptural artifacts serve as a commentary on adolescent obsession and worship. I am creating ceremonies and shrines dedicated to disposable culture that was projected on me and my generation during childhood. I make sets and sculptures dedicated to several re-occurring symbols and objects that seeped into children’s media while I was growing up. In many ways I am inspired by the ways people commemorate similar images on media blogs like tumblr. These are photos that have become familiar to my age group through constant usage and appropriation, and because of the nostalgia we attach to them. 
     

                                 DEATH OF SLIME 2012

       When I am constructing these photographic tableaus, they are an incredibly involved process. I do a blueprint, gather the building blocks on EBay, and create everything myself to be captured in one image. Through the process of installing and making pieces to be photographed the whole action becomes a ceremony in and of itself. In many ways, I want the feeling of ‘D.I.Y. Shrine’ to get across because these photos allude to the things I made when I was an adolescent. These are the types of creations I hid in the back of my closet. 

                                          FACE TIME 2012

                                          SLIME STEP 2012

                    Photograph from Alien Resurrectionz set 

                          Photograph from Alien Resurrectionz set

Link to my website:

http://elizabethrenstrom.com/

Video from 'Alien Resurrection' segment

http://vimeo.com/38077702

What Are Your Funds Going To: I am raising money not only to print, mount, and frame my senior exhibition, but publish several editions of a magazine called 'Waxy Chunks' to go along with the show. The magazine is basically a representation of the whole project in newsprint format. If you donate 30 dollars or more you will receive this magazine.

The exhibition for my work and all graduating seniors will be at Calumet Gallery from May 10th to May 20th! 

I appreciate ANY AND ALL HELP! You will have my undying gratitude forever ever. Please feel free to email me with questions regarding the project and incentives!

elizabethrenstrom@gmail.com

Love, 
Liz Renstrom

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    If you pledge 5$ I will send you a personalized thank you note w/ Lisa Frank sticker and memo! AS WELL AS MY UNDYING GRATITUDE!

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    If you pledge 15$ or more I will send you a personalized thank you note and a limited edition 8''X10'' print of any photo from 'Waxy Chunks'! AS WELL AS MY UNDYING GRATITUDE!

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    If you pledge 30$ or more I will send you a personalized thank you note and copy of my photo newspaper which will include large prints of my entire thesis project. AS WELL AS MY UNDYING GRATITUDE!

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    If you pledge 50$ or more you will get a personalized copy of my photo newspaper AND an artifact from one of the photographs (this could be slime, an S symbol needlepoint, alien paraphernalia, or something equally awesome).

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    If you pledge 100$ or more you will get a personalized copy of my photo newspaper, an artifact from one of the photographs, and a signed, limited edition 17''X22'' of any image from the series.

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