Installation begins next week for the WEARING MY AGE project. I have been picking, snipping, ironing and packing. The last thing that HAD TO BE DONE to the outfits was cleaning up the petticoats.
Embroidering the petticoats, without wasting an appalling amount of self-adhesive stabilizer and time, involved copious amounts of blue tape. Hooray for blue tape, every artists friend! But it left loads of little bits of evidence behind that had to be removed with tweezers before pressing could occur.
The uniforms are now in their dress bags. Most of the "stuff" is in the car. None of it is hanging in the main part of the studio anymore.
Now I can THINK!
I have begun a new feminist project about weight, shame and consumerism : Faith in the Assistance of Things. Feel free to contribute through the blog or facebook.
I am also been doing research a project called Holding it together: women's lifesaving stories. I will let you know more when I have it a bit further along.
This project to which many of you contributed your thoughts, is opening Thursday, November 13, 2014 • Artist Talk 5 pm • Reception 6-8pm
I will present WEARING MY AGE in the upcoming exhibition Truth Telling: Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grants Exhibition at the galleries of Concordia University Saint Paul. The galleries are located in the Concordia Art Center, 1301 Marshall Avenue, at the corner of Marshall Avenue and Syndicate Street North in St.Paul.
Part of what I do, obsessively, is collect information. That collection, for this project, has been mammoth...and it still continues. I will have a 3 inch binder of information at the opening: the surveys, the survey essays, articles shared with me.
I also will have my newest Apple book. Once a book artist, always a book artist? I love books. I even sew them from time to time. (Sewing? See a theme here?) But for these big projects that I have photographed incessantly I prefer a scrapbook format from Apple. their photo quality is so good! I actually ordered 3 in the end. the first one was so rife with typos, I had to do it again. I haven't had the courage to look for typos in the new ones that came yesterday. If there are typos, I will accept them as they are. Wabi Sabi, etc.
There is always anxiety leading up to a major exhibition. ALWAYS. Just as there is always a let-down afterwards. ALWAYS.
During this weird, anxious period I have been re-writing my artist statement with the assistance of Judy Budreaux. I made a little wristlet purse to carry essentials the night of theopening. I ordered y wall text, a quote from Mary Beard. I still need to iron the outfits, trim threads and tack corners. Somehow that does not enthrall me.
It took a stupid long time to layout the canvas and paint it...but, in the spirit of KISS( keep it simple, stupid) here is another iteration. The gallery floor is concrete, so I have to imagine this on grey.
It is an uncomfortable time in the studio. I don't know if the concept is complete. I don't know if it works. I climbed and re-climbed the ladder, moved hooks around, threw netting around...I just don't know. I will let it rest for a few days and see what I think with fresh eyes. For one thing, the netting is so stiff...maybe I should try chiffon, instead. I might prefer that droopiness. Or maybe no netting, or smooth netting. I don't remember what the floor is at the gallery. Hmm. I'll have to ask.
While I let this all percolate and ferment in my brain, maybe I'll play dress-up...wearing the Wearing My Age outfit for the age 50 and up woman and playing with make-up and shoes.
Maybe I can make a smooth net rug...staple it down... Bind the edges...umm....? I really like how the platform disks look on my floor. So, I guess I need to really find out what the floor is in the gallery.
All the stitching is complete. there are threads to trim, buttons and tacking to do. Three outfits are hanging from my ceiling, awaiting their installation parts. The fourth costume will be worn by me at the opening November 13, Concordia Gallery & H. Williams Teaching Gallery , reception 5-7pm
What a great day! I finished those pesky slips. I dyed one in the acid dye pot and three in the indigo. Unbelievably, as cold as the day is, the indigo worked! Hooray! The slips needed a brief dip in the indigo to take the edge off the red. I will keep the lining fire engine red. I also have some netting, for the installation, that will pass through the indigo. I wonder if it will take? It is nylon...but it sure is stiff. We'll see.
And, I got 4 entries and proposals completed! Efficiency is my middle name today...since I otherwise do not have a middle name.
WEARING MY AGE
I have received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to work on a project that I have called "Wearing My Age."