Desert Storm 1

Carrie Reichardt, who describes herself as a craftivist and radical potter, takes commemorative plates and mugs, often found on eBay and customises them with overlays and transfers. This is an American plate made to celebrate the 1991 war, which she found and customised after the 2003 invasion.

The plate combines two techniques. Alongside Michael Rakowitz’s Spoils project and the work of many artists with stamps, flags and so on, it’s another example of people reworking the material culture of the state and militarism. In its combination of images, it’s also another indication of the resilience of montage as a critical art tactic.


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