|Artist / Creator||Cathryn Miller and Monique Martin|
|Place of Publication||Grasswood, SK, Canada|
|Process / Technique||Lino block printing, hand painting, laser printing|
|Structure / Binding||Paper doll set|
|Medium / Materials||Museum board, acid-free card stock, multiple commercial papers, polyester ribbon|
|Paper Stock||Ph neutral 100# card stock, assorted commercial papers|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||14.75 x 9 x 2.38 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 2 deluxe copies|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
Monique Martin and I collaborated on this work because we both feel rampant consumerism is a major social problem. It not only leads to things like appalling working conditions in third world factories and massive personal debt in North America, it doesn't really make the ultimate consumers happy. One might define Affluenza as a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. Proponents of the term consider that over-emphasis on endless increases in material possessions may lead to feelings of worthlessness and dissatisfaction rather than experiences of a "better life." Affluenza, a paper doll with more clothes and accessories than she can ever use, and certainly far more than she needs, is representative. The alphabet poem describing her condition is symbolically printed as a till tape. Click here to learn more about another version of this project by Carthryn and Monique, AFFLUENZA: The Colouring Book.
Artist BioCathryn Miller has worked in the book arts for more than 15 years, and as a book artist for the last eleven. Her works have won awards, and are held in public and private collections in Canada, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.