Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Vintage Clothing Vendor, Decision Portrait Series
(Above: Vintage Clothing Vendor, Decision Portrait Series. 25" x 19", unframed. 31" x 25", framed. Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin. Hand embroidery. Stitched words: What shall I wear today?; 40s, 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s. Click on image to enlarge.)
Last month during Artista Vista, the annual spring art gallery crawl in downtown Columbia, I ran into the owner of Hip-Wa-Zee, the local vintage clothing shop. The store is a funky place for costumes, used clothing of all sorts, and potential theater props. Within a few moments, we were engaged in a conversation about art, my series, and this idea. This portrait was actually on the "wish list". Fortunately, I carry standard model releases and my digital camera in my purse. We had a blast taking photos....almost as much fun as I had selecting the vintage buttons to adorn the work.
I'm really pleased with the result. After stitching so many very serious works, it was great to stitch one with color and humor. Best of all, this piece is a physical example of a basic decision we each make every morning: What shall I wear today? Not all decisions are profound and this series is supposed to address all sorts of decisions. There's no better way to focus on this personal choice than this!
(Above: Detail of Vintage Clothing Vendor, Decision Portrait Series. Click on image to enlarge.)
Posted by Susan Lenz at 11:31 AM