Mounted on a vertical fluorescent light box, repurposed from a paint chip display module, "Umbilical Trappings" documents deadpan frontal profiles of industrial strip mall department stores. Each image possesses an architecturally dismal facade as virtually a sterile entry that insinuates the loss of identity and innocence. The pixelated blur of these iconic and anonymous architectures also destabilizes the notion of image as a product of power, and rather evokes traits of submission and passivity. Ironically, the inured magnetism and alluring desires for taste and convenience that accompany these “places” keep shepherding consumerist back into the “belly of these whales.”