In Specially Designed Fat, the second part of the project, Karalla explores the absurdity of the pursuit of material wealth and the prestige of consumption. “What and who declares something to be worth millions?,” she asks.This question was underscored by images Karalla discovered on the Internet of goods offered for sale during the height of the Bush years. They included a wedding cake and a set of tire rims, both priced at $1 million, a $1.6 million Birkin bag, a $1.8 million dog collar. Most striking to Karalla was an itsy-titsy teeny-weeny $30 million bikini, worn in the photo by a Claudia Schifferesque blonde. “During this period it was like there was a contest to see who could make the most expensive piece of garbage to sell,” she said. “So I decided, ‘So much for the Kings clothes, I declare my work to be worth millions in an unlimited edition. ’”Looking at these splendidly overpriced objects made her think back to the mosquito who died in the fat. “Insects have a very short life span,” she explained, “To me it begs the question how do you spend your life? Running around after these materialist items? Acting like the insect and dying while sucking off the fat? Our life span is as short as an insect, especially since the pursuit of status objects, such as the 30 million dollar bikini, will never die out. In sucking off the fat you will die in the consumption of it. Towards what means or purpose is your life?
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