Boba Fett as a Girl: N.C. Winters Mashes Up Star Wars and My Little Pony in 'Abandoned Menagerie'
In "Abandoned Menagerie," open at Gallery 1988 through April 7, artist N.C. Winters delves deep into his childhood memory for a series of pieces based on pop culture figures of the 1980s. The Carlsbad-based artist paints characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gremlins, The Muppets, Super Mario Brothers and more in dark, rich colors. One of the show's standout works, though, is an unusual mash-up of Star Wars and My Little Pony. Infinite Bounty depicts a genderbent Boba Fett. The bounty hunter's helmet peeks out of a rose and she is dressed in a red, Victorian-inspired dress with a cluster of My Little Pony figures springing from her lap.
Courtesy of Gallery 1988 Infinite Bounty by N.C. Winters
Before you start shouting, "Brony!," it's important to note that Winters is unfamiliar both with the recent series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and the Brony phenomenon. The presence of the candy-colored ponies in this painting is based strictly on his recollections of the original toys. His goal was to connect the sweetness of My Little Pony with the original action-packed Star Wars trilogy.
Winters, who was born in 1980, drew heavy inspiration from his own favorite franchises. (He says that he's not as hardcore a Star Wars fan as some people are, but refers to the movies as a "persistent nostalgic memory"). However, in the process of creating the new works, he realized that the references were boy-centric. He wanted something broader.
Knowing full well that there were plenty of girls obsessing over Star Wars in the '80s, he feminized the infamous character with a dress fit for Nellie Oleson and an armload of toys frequently associated with little girls.