Monday, September 21, 2009
I finished this today, and am happy with the results. But my friend Sune Woods told me after looking at it, "I like it but Mara, honestly, I have no idea what it's about." I started laughing because I thought she was joking until she said, "No really, please tell me." Another peer, Nicola Buffa, said something similar. After questioning them I realized that people looking at it couldn't figure out that it was a drawing, something which had seemed so obvious to me. Nicola suggested that I should include a description of how I made it because the forgery was unrecognizable. So here: 1) I bought a shirt from a thrift store that seemed like something I might have worn as a child 2)and then I erased the pattern by painting over it with gesso as a visual metaphor for appropriation and recontextualization 3)and then I drew the pattern back on the shirt with markers and pen as a visual metaphor for memory.