Artist: Duane Hanson
This sculpture of the Photo realist movement shows a massive change to a consumerist culture. Duane Hanson used this work to comment on these changes, as well as portray the changes to society. He portrays the excessive buying of this culture, as shown in the overflowing shopping cart of various junk food items and ready made packaged materials like chocolate chip cookies and other foods like Coke. The shopper herself appears very lifelike, mostly because she is made out of fiberglass material. Duane shows the shopper as an obese, unhealthy looking female, with her hair still in curlers, showing the form that society is taking on.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork is very important because it very easily shows the consumerist mindset of "Buy, Buy, Buy!" This culture is very important for this time, and shows a change in culture and in artwork. Also this sculpture is important because it is one of the few photo realistic sculptures.