Jodi Schmalz's avatar Jodi Schmalz

By combining familiar and unfamiliar faces (all real mugshots), "MUGSHOTS" is about judgment, justice, unity, celebrity worship, the fragility of the human condition, second chances, being a victim of our own criticism, as well as a fear of intimacy. Showing this series at the JW Marriott Hotel creates a contrast between "cheap" and luxury. It also compares the concepts of entertainment and reality, and what is public and what is private. This collection took 3 1/2 years to create with each piece taking up to 6 hours, and 12 hours to install. Each painting was done by hand with inexpensive, acrylic craft paint. Jodi Rietberg-Schmalz is a West Michigan artist with no formal degree but a lifelong passion for art and culture.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
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  • Medium: Acrylic
  • Width: 13 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 4 feet