I came across a collection of bus shelter posters for bebe, the American clothing retailer, and was attracted to their generous size, sturdy stock and rich, saturated colors. The scavenger in me won out, and I brought the whole collection of them to my studio.
The original images, while they held a fascination for me, were too off-putting to allow me to hang them decoratively.
As an art director who spent a good number of years working in advertising and magazine editorial (including fashion), I had been responsible for more than my share of selecting and altering the images of women to conform to an unattainable notion of perfection—a sensibility thoroughly at odds with my attunement to “real bodies” of models who I drew and painted. Here was an opportunity to reverse the process.
This series, in which I redraw the central figure from my long-term model, VB, directly on the lightly gessoed posters, “reuses” the poster—the material, the model’s original pose, and passages of the original image—to create a new image.
On a personal level, satisfaction is found in the transformation of a pretty, but cold and impersonal (and highly artificial) subject into one with personal gravity.
Plus: now they’re not trying to sell you anything.
I’ve gotten a number of requests for my Starling of Fort Mason prints as holiday gifts this year. Starlings of Fort Mason is a series of monotypes executed in 2005. A limited series of 30 giclée prints are being offered, signed and numbered by the artist. They are printed at the original size of 8″ […]
I’m finishing an exciting portrait commission. Here’s a detail.