Thursday, June 02, 2011
Ophelia ... dress rehearsal !
(Above: Ophelia. Dress Rehearsal/Photo Shoot. Reflection from suspended mirror above the claw-footed bathtub. Photo by Stephen Chesley. Click on image to enlarge.)
The dress rehearsal on Tuesday night went very, very well. I learned several important things:
1. Do not apply make-up, colored hair spray, and a wig when wearing a summer dress that requires it to be removed over one's head ... unless to take off the dress first!
2. Do not spray red hair coloring after applying make-up ... unless you want to reapply your face!
3. Lying in a bathtub under heaps of artificial flowers in window exposed to afternoon sunshine in the South is HOT ... but not as hot as the photographers felt while snapping images!
but ... most importantly ...
COLLABORATING WITH OTHER ARTISTS IS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
At 5:30 this afternoon the curtains will be pulled open and I'll be back in the bathtub posing as Ophelia, dead.
At 7:30 my husband Steve will be acting as the "funeral director", allowing the public to form a line for semi-private "viewings" inside the installation window. This will allow people to really get up close to both me ... and to the amazing graffiti-styled suicide note created by Michael Krajewski.
Michael spent over ten hours scrawling in pencil all over the back wall and pull-down doorway for the space before painting "I Love You Hamlet". (Click on any of these images to enlarge.)
The oddly shaped words, tally marks, scribbles, and phrases really reflect the rantings of a confused, lovesick, mental case with a final sentence before death. It is beyond perfect ... better than I dared to hope ... positively excellent. It adds to the overall experience of the installation and space in the best way possible.
Heather Bauer and Eric Parton snapped all sorts of images on Tuesday. Two have been printed in large format and framed. They are FABULOUS and will function this evening to entice the public to "form a line" for the "viewings". By tomorrow, they will be in the window as the central focal point for the continuing window installation.
During the dress rehearsal/photo shoot, my mentor and friend Stephen Chesley came by and snapped several great images from the street outside the window. I've hung a large mirror at an angle over the bathtub in order to provide a more intimate view directly into the bathtub. Stephen captured the reflection beautifully.
I've even used the photo above for a new Facebook profile. (Thanks, Stephen!)
The interior of the space actually looks like the the image below. It is "dark" because the theater curtains are drawn shut. The white trash bag is stuffed full of additional artificial cemetery flowers.
After the performance art piece tonight, I plan to leave the bathtub filled with flowers ... and the red wig...
(Above: View to back wall with reflection from the suspended mirror. Click on any image in this post to enlarge.)
Posted by Susan Lenz at 10:02 AM