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For the photographs, Mitchell used fishnet stockings, a no-frills blue dress and a pair of aptly named Public Desire clear plastic boots (aka glass slippers) as props.
In some photos, she places herself in an ambiguous, attic-like space, confined like the Cinder girl.
The underlying sentiment that modern love is no fairy tale is cleverly subverted by the suggestion that a fairy tale is also no fairy tale.
Waiting to be "rescued" by love may be boring, high heels make your feet hurt, and Prince Charming may have unexpected tastes.
"Little Black Book" is a "talking photo album" issued by Radio Shack circa 2005, which Mitchell has filled with upbeat stock photography of couples and groups smiling in various locations — with a puppy in bed, having drinks at a bar.
When you press a photo's corresponding button, a computer voice reads messages that Mitchell — or, in one case, her friend — received on dating platforms. Let me lick." "Wash That Man Right Out" encapsulates the understated humor of surrealist objects in a way reminiscent of Swiss artist Méret Oppenheim's iconic 1936 "Object," a fur-covered teacup saucer and spoon.
Mitchell writes in her exhibition text: "In this case, the real Prince Charming can be perceived as the artist herself, creating an internal dialog of what it means to be desired and finding love within her own mind and creative meanderings." As a viewer takes in the "Prince Charming" series, the 15-foot-wide projection "Photobooth Façade" plays on a loop on the gallery's blank wall.
A cluster of heart-shaped brass frames within "Photo Friendly" offers up such fishy screenshots."Twenty percent of [their] profile is a fish," Mitchell comments, "which says, Love me with this fish.He comes with the fish." In some parts of Vermont, Burlington included, setting one's Tinder distance preferences to the maximum 100-mile radius means getting "access" to site members in Montréal.For Mitchell, a digitally initiated friendship with a man in the Québec metropolis sparked the photo series "Prince Charming Has a Foot Fetish." The two shared approximately 5,000 messages over a three-month period, Mitchell reveals, during which he revealed his sexual proclivity for feet.
In six photographs taken of Mitchell by local photographer Luke Awtry — whom she also met on Tinder — she cleverly melds her own search for romance with the story of Cinderella.
Mitchell's seven distinct bodies of work comment on the broader experiences of women seeking male partnership in the digital age.