The “Melting Ice Pop” series evokes the ever-changing environment that surrounds me on Long Island in the summer. I wanted to capture the pretty postcard world, but soon realized that I sought to go beyond what I saw in order to reveal the banality of the clichéd image of the landscape.
I chose a selection of ice pops on a stick in the shape of pop cultural icons – Bugs Bunny, Pokemon, and Tweety – from the Mr. Softee truck that drove by my house daily. I then posed these figures against the surrounding landscape, letting them slowly melt under the sun and loose their candy features and distinctive outline. Tension is created between attraction and repulsion as this sweet summer treat becomes distorted and grotesque as it melts.
The ice cream is as ephemeral as a perfect summer day.
Play gives me permission to feel free to shoot what I see. – Meredith Allen
Born in Maine, Meredith Allen is based in New York City. She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Hartford Art School and her MFA in Photography from the Sate University of New York at Buffalo. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Sarah Bowen Gallery in Brooklyn, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, White Columns in NYC, Hallwalls in Buffalo, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Real Artways in Hartford, and Nexus Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta. Her talent has garnered a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Aaron Siskind Foundation Grant, and an Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency. Meredith’s work is in collections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and Harvard University and has been featured in publications including CEPA Quarterly, Tricycle, Artforum, and the New Yorker. She has taught at Rutgers University and the New School