Let Them Eat Cake
16 in. x 20 in.
Let Them Eat Cake, Color Photograph, 16 in. x 20 in., 2016
Los Angeles, California
"As a child you grow up with these symbols of wealth and what a happy life is through toys. Beautiful figures who are seemingly perfect; perfect life, perfect boyfriend/girlfriend, perfect friends. They have it all; closet full of the newest fashions, multiple fancy cars for every occasion, and dream homes. As the poor kid in class these toys were a reminder of how much I didn't belong and never would. I brought these toys into our reality in miniature form. I created a world where for whatever reason the dream home has been abandoned. Maybe it was foreclosed on, or maybe the occupants were run off. It has been left behind and is in ruins. Multiple waves of inhabitants have come through; some just looking for shelter and others have taken out their aggressions against the excess that shut them out and kept them down. "The Pink House" is a series about the concept of home. Is it a physical space or a feeling? What happens when you lose it? 90% of the sets I made completely from scratch. First they are dressed to their ideal state then distressed to convey the passage of time and desired emotion for the final photograph. Fittingly, I was down to my last few rolls of Kodak Portra VC; a beautiful film that electrifies magenta and yellow hues that has since been discontinued. I wanted to send it off in the best possible way. This series is my love letter to that film and my proclamation that children will not be told their value based on material facades and unattainable goals. Luckily, we are more adaptable than toys." - Meghan Quinn