Mounties are one our countries icons, stereotyped as a cute, friendly, heroic and noble ideal of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Taking inspiration from kitschy postcards and old film posters, the mounties in the prints are the stereotypical idealized mounties that you would expect to see on any Canada Post stamp or postcard. They stand alone in a void with no background, they look almost as if they are a cut out paper doll. From the front of the print they conform to the stereotype but if you turn the print over and look at the back you see the mountie in the same spot on the page but from the back of the print displays a darker side of an aspect of the RCMP. A closer look into their reveals a problematic history, abuse and exploitation of indigenous peoples.
Created in 2012. Nominated for the starfish award in 2013.