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Bouquet - detail (1998) moleskin, Xerox transfer




Bouquet - detail (1998) moleskin, Xerox transfer




Bouquet - detail (1998) moleskin, Xerox transfer



Bouquet (1998) moleskin, Xerox transfer, frames installation at GallerySite, San Francisco, CA

Artists were asked to look into the past. I looked to the Victorian era of pomp and parlor. I was interested in the formal presentation of grandeur, wealth and perfection that the period exemplified -- but through the eyes of today's aesthetic value system. The sentiment, though communicated differently, is not that disparate -- conspicuous consumption -- wanting to appear lavish. However the mode of representation is purely a reflection of our current consumer culture -- the lack of investment given to craft and art -- the prevalence of stores like Target, Walgreens, Kmart etc. -- go go go -- speed -- lots with little. I Xerox transferred beautiful botanical drawings (executed during the Victorian era) onto moleskin and used cheap gold frames against a lovely mint green wall. The effect achieved was just that -- a beautiful little setting with hardly any money or time invested -- a very Martha Stewart approach to the home décor of the 1990's.