Thursday, May 28, 2009
Nudist, Decision Portrait Series
(Above: Nudist, Decision Portrait Series. 25" x 31", unframed. 31" x 37", framed. Stitched words: Just like the day I was born. Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin. Hand beading and embroidery. Click on image to enlarge.)
Earlier this week I finished a portrait called Vintage Clothing Vendor (scroll down to view). I loved picking out all the colorful buttons that suggested a wide array of outfits from different decades. It was a perfect depiction of an everyday decision. Cheri Alexander makes this decision on most days too. She has a professional job and a corresponding wardrobe. Yet, she doesn't always have to make such a selection. Cheri has another option; she's a nudist...for over forty years! In fact, Cheri is a member of several nudist organizations, even served on regional and national levels. She is the founder and owner of Travelites, a local nudist club.
When approaching this portrait, I only had to think for a few second before knowing the best way to embellish an image that speaks of an unadorned body. I picked natural stained wooden beads and the simplest decorations. I kept the colors to a "bare" minimum....blond, like Cheri....and gray, like the xylene transfer. I'm pleased with the straight forward results....they, too, are very much like Cheri!
Posted by Susan Lenz at 9:02 AM