Monday, March 3, 2014

Show Color Palette: Forgotten Finery



Back in the spring of 2012, I had my first-ever solo exhibition (sold out!), called "Forgotten Finery" at Rivet gallery in Columbus, Ohio. This show marked the first time I took a decidedly "lighter" approach to a body of work, as many of my previous shows had featured darker colors, a more "decay" oriented aesthetic, and a slightly more sinister feel. I wanted to explore my work as a form of decoration, and approach this particular group of dolls from a brighter and warmer perspective.

The main source of inspiration for this show was Rococo art and fashion (I even made a nearly 3-foot tall bunny in a layered Rococo-style gown). It exemplifies this sort of "opulence of privilege" that exists purely as a fantasy for most people, attainable for very few.

Some inspirations included:

• the incredible fashion (for both men and women of the high classes) of the late 18th century, with hand-tatted lace, shimmering silks, matte velvets, and hand-embroidery.

• the soft, buttermint colors of tea roses and peonies

• exquisite (and often inedible-looking) wedding cakes, French pastries, and confections

• The lore and speculation surrounding the life of Marie Antoinette. I read a couple of biographies about her during my time working on the project. I also watched Sofia Coppola's film "Marie Antoinette" numerous times as well - while not a historically accurate depiction, the art direction and costuming are endlessly inspiring to me, still. Every frame, it seems, contains at least one very good artistic decision.

• the stiff and lovely costume of classical ballet

• block-printed wallpaper, from the 18th century


My "Duchesse" for the show - freestanding at 30" tall!

I even ensured that the refreshments at the opening fit the color scheme!


4 comments:

  1. Hello,
    Am in love with your work. Really amazing. Just wondering if your Dust Bunnies are Vegan friendly?

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    1. Thank you so much!

      Well, it depends on how far back in the supply chain you want to go. Most of my materials are cotton and linen, but I occasionally use vintage wool or silk fabrics. Those are things I can either include or omit, but I'm NOT certain that all the paints, stains, clays, enamels, and adhesives I use contain no animal by-products, as they're not managed by the FDA, and therefore not required to list ingredients. So, without the knowledge of those materials, I would have to err on the side of caution and say "probably not".

      There are so many different processes I use to make these that involve so many different materials and chemicals of unknown makeup, it would really be impossible for me to say with confidence, one way or another.

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    2. Thank you so much for answering me and being honest. I really appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful day. =)

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  2. "Duchesse" Wow. Just wow. Sorry I can't put it any more eloquently than that. ;)

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