I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP
In The Mood For Love takes cues from the Wong Kar-Wai movie of the same title. Rendered in film in 2000, this inspirational cinematic masterpiece is an enrapturing display of color arrangements and spatial situations; set in 1960’s Hong Kong, the story of two married neighbors turned unfaithful lovers, and their respective spouses. Mostly shot in close-quartered interiors and intimate spaces that use objects and their placement to insinuate a larger scene.
Mirrors act like the eyes of cameraman-
reacting in real time,
capturing shifting light and the image of my work.
A collection of garden urns
coalesce into a dynamic composition,
often basking in their own reflection
Panning from my works Myriad to Fallen Portico, reflections show instances of watered-down classical Greek architecture by way of mass-produced products found in the mainstream consumer market, which I transform with cosmetic treatments and material applications. Sourced from an online party store, prefab cardboard templates assemble into distinctive builds. An aluminum awning that I first encountered detached on the side of the street in Queens, NY is more vanity and artifice than an integral part of a home’s facade. Similarly cast in reflection, the custom pink velvet stanchions and the MGM-esque lion guardian statues in Glitteratti encapsulate the glitz and glamour that distinguished the Hollywood Golden Age film era.
… There are lights, a camera, and then action as Norma Desmond (infamously portrayed by Gloria Swanson) personifies melodrama itself in the final scene of Sunset Boulevard, descending a staircase into a sea of paparazzi to exclaim: “I’m ready for my close-up!”
Embodying Norma’s raison d'etre, my works are aspirationally luxurious, exalted and surface-oriented. Both the theatricality of Old Hollywood films and my childhood in Southwest Virginia– surrounded by a landscape dotted with examples of kitsch and americana –influence and reverberate through my work.
like a colorized photo of the Addams Family TV set
revealing the vivid reality behind
its solemn black and white veneer
Plush and neon-technicolored,
like the furry flip-flop trend in fashion
that descended en masse,