What do princesses, bumble bees, bunnies, lobsters, squirrels and Batman all have in common? Together, they form an integral part in the absurd fictitious world of Christine Anderson’s (1964, USA) series Inflated. According to Anderson, she uses natural and synthetic materials to make “unreal pictures which mirror the real world we live in now”.
Anderson uses inflatable Mylar balloons of cartoonish characters as the base for her wonderland. By duplicating key components within the image, and combining them with more natural elements like human legs and green grass, Anderson creates playful and colourful scenarios in a collage-like manner. The sheer amount of material and its grandiose presence in the images is so impressive that the synthetic and inflated beings start take on a life of their own, drawing us into her fantastical orgy of nonsense.