E. Joan Horrocks


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For more than three years before the year 2000, I asked people from all over the world a question: "What do you think of shoulder pads?" Comments about shoulder pads came from men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Interestingly some of the most intense emotional responses came from men. The answers included very personal views on body image and why people needed to beef up their shoulders even when shoulder pads were going out of fashion. Men and women still felt they had to wear them to project more strength in public, to get ahead at work, to have more power over others and not only in business situations. Some felt that the broad shoulder look enhanced sexuality, others felt it hid figure flaws, quite a few people reported feeling naked without these pads.

In "Where Have All the Shoulder Pads Gone?" a selection of black and white photographs refer to these interviews and a CD of the interviews plays while a large kinetic metal sculpture with a ten-foot high Plexiglas tower wafts the vari-colored pads on an air current to the ceiling. They then float down to be carried away into a large black hole.