James Barnett, 1996
Mixed media: aluminum foil, candles, food, Cathy.

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Concept: A shrine, complete with offerings, to the Dark Office Goddess—the cartoon character Cathy, created by prophet and seer Cathy Guisewite.
Execution: Over a base layer of fire-resistant aluminum, an inverted pentagram was painted in flammable yellow Rustoleum® paint. Red candles were placed at the points of said pentagram and lit with the same match. Inside the pentagram lay a selection of offerings: Oreo cookies, Hershey's Almond Kisses, and three selections of "Lite Cuisine" packages ( Smart Ones® Lemon Herb Chicken Piccata, Lean Cuisine© Bow Tie Pasta and Chicken, and Weight Watcher's© Double Fudge Cake). A stand-up effigy of the Dark Office Goddess, prepared carefully in cardboard, paper, and Cray-Pas©, was placed at the head of these offerings and back-lit by a standard office lamp, symbolizing the light that awaits those who follow the Dark Office Goddess's prescribed path to enlightenment. Passersby were encouraged to pray silently and allowed to share in the offerings.


I Hate Cathy Award