Immediately I was amused by Ianna Nova Frisby’s new series of Darth Vader-inspired sculptures. And that was enough to make me love them. But the more I looked and the more I thought about it, these are just so delightfully subversive on many levels.
They could be seen as a parody of the collectible Star Wars kitsch sold on the pages of Parade Magazine or the Lillian Vernon Catalog. I’ve never been in a home with Star Wars collector’s plates hanging on the wall. I doubt I could keep a straight face. And then there are all those figurines. For example, there is the one of the scantily clad Princess Leia as a prisoner of Jabba the Hutt. I had the pleasure of seeing Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show and sat two rows behind George Lucas as Fisher berated him over those figurines (she never received a dime for those).
I also love the feminization of the iconic villain. Particularly due to the generally male-dominated, sexist universe depicted in that galaxy, far, far away – there are few females in the Lucasverse and even fewer strong, independent women. It’s worse than Mad Men.