Calligrapher Aoi Yamaguchi and dancer Mika Yanagihara perform at Fivepoints Arthouse
I asked Ben Needham to professionally photograph my piece for HIdden Cities. We decided to use the concrete floor of the Project Gallery for the background. The first shot was a neat arrangement. The lighting above created a wonderful shimmer on the waxed paper, which was unexpected. The second shot tells a better story, although the effect of the translucent shimmer is lost.
I've been thinking about the piece to submit to Hidden Cities, where we are challenged to depict our secret "city." I decided to explore the life of the "shoe people," whose invisible city I grew up in. These shoes are made of waxed paper and injet photos on vellum, a fragile, translucent depiction of simple flats. I made as many as I could with the paper at hand and piled the shoes up in a heap.
This altered doll took several months to complete. I started with an idea to convert a typical blond-haired, blue-eyed doll into a Japanese character, complete with kimono. I found the perfect doppleganger at Thrift Town. I painted her red and she immediately transformed from a Scandinavian to a demon. Her pale hair was dyed black with ink. I blacked out her eyes but that looked too dead so added googly eyes. Her kimono is made of cheesecloth. I love working with gel medium because it's such a versatile glue.
white marker, double-sided tape, scissors, black paint, glue stick