Runs, 2006

Marilyn Minter’s (b. 1948, Shreveport, Louisiana) video, photography and painting examines society’s contemporary notions of beauty. Her artwork appropriates the aesthetics of high fashion editorials to depict cropped bodies laden with jewels, sweat, spit, hair and dirt. Minter is constantly exploring the idea of multiple meanings such as “one person’s beauty is another person’s disgust,” a thread that remains consistent through decades of creating provocative work. The artwork Runs is part of a collaboration with Creative Time where she created four hyperrealistic billboards that were installed over art galleries in Chelsea. Minter substitutes mud for water, transforming the fashion ideal back to its messy, flawed and very human form.