This authenticity lends a historic aura to the sculptures – with the exception of the heads poking out of the armor. General Mickey stands at attention with an eager grin. Emperor Shrek, wearing dragon-embellished robes, extends his hand in a royal gesture.
Rossof’s artwork tends to explore themes of political, economic and personal liberation, and her terracotta army is no exception. On her website, Rossof explains the “Xi’an-American warriors” are intended to play off both the pervasiveness of American media around the world and China’s penchant for duplicating copyrighted material.