Chase Freedom™ is a collection of digital photoshop artwork centered around celebrity culture and its often skewed representation of racial and gender identities.
These portraits are characterized by colorful backdrops and a surreal juxtaposition of a central human subject and secondary objects such as jewelry, clothing and masks.
The interplay between self, status and freedom is a core theme of the work, particularly as it relates to figureheads from historically repressed communities. Namely, women, people of color, and members of LGBTQ communities.
While these celebrities serve as strong evidence of the limitless opportunity and freedom of that exists within their society, their power to define their identity, while impressive relative to the individual, is still largely constrained by the insecurities of a more conservative mainstream narrative.
The inevitable friction created between these transgressive celebrities and the defenders of existing social norms creates a narrative atmosphere that works to transfigure these individuals into the complex symbolic objects.
While embracing these objectified figures is potentially empowering, much like drawing value from a piece of jewelry, it's an activity that also helps maintain the existing object-based social hierarchy from which theses celebrities were born.
A celebrity's ability to define their own identity, while impressive relative to the individual, is still constrained by the insecurities and expectations of a more conservative mainstream narrative.