Mary Catherine Halfpenny, "Control Fit", 2008, gelatin silver print,  4 ¾ x 7 ¼”

Mary Catherine Halfpenny, “Control Fit”, 2008, gelatin silver print, 4 ¾ x 7 ¼”

Mary Catherine Halfpenny

(Vassar College)

I explore the relationship consumers have to their consumption. Starting with the display, which is carefully orchestrated to offer “choice” while limiting the available options, the consumer is enticed with abundant products. The exploration continues by integrating these new products as elements of identity that have the power to transform. The work exhibited here explores sexual consumer products.

I hope to question why we buy and what we are buying into as a way to question the authenticity of the experience we are presented. By questioning our relationship to consumer products, we can redefine how products become part of the body.

Mary Catherine Halfpenny is an undergraduate senior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She will be graduating this spring with a BA in Studio Art. Mary Catherine is an accomplished painter who brings her understanding of visual language to photography. She also holds an AAS in Visual Communication from Orange County Community College.