I. Designs and paintings for the Frumpsville series, exploring our vanities
II. Vintage print ads, through a pandemic lens III. Once Upon A Time/My Friends... photo collage series
I. Frumpsville, series in the studio now:
"Step Aside! (Frumpsville XI)." 2020, mixed media on canvas, 20" x 16".
Detail from "Frumpsville XI," above: "I'm anti-vax." "Damn right."
"Frumpsville III (Frumps around the pool)." 2020, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20."
Another frumpy day. 2020, mixed media on canvas, 18" x 24".
Frumpsville! 2020, mixed media on canvas, 18" x 24".
Doofusworld (Frumpsville VI). 2020, mixed media on canvas, 18"x24".
"SUCH a frump!" 2020, acrylics on cardboard, 14.25" x 10.25". The quote is stated by Anthony Blanche in Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited" (London: Chapman & Hall, 1945)
The Frumpsville designs (below) were created in May and June; in July the painting began.
"Frumpsville!" 2020, watercolor, 14"x17"
Frumpsville II. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville III. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville IV. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville V. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville VII. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville VI. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville VIII. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville IX. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville X. 2020, digital image.
Frumpsville XI. 2020, digital image.
II. The selling world, through a pandemic lens ...
The great Leontyne Price poses in her facemask (2020) for a Blackglama ad (1970). "What becomes a Legend most? A facemask/Blackglama." 2020
"I dreamed I cured Covid-19 in my maidenform bra." 2020
"He discovered the Corona virus vaccine. AND he drinks Johnnie Walker Red!" 2020
III. These two photo collage series were made with friends I photographed weekly from late January to early March 2020, when we went into quarantine.
Once Upon A Time places the women from New York City into scenes I photographed around the world when the going was good;
My Friends Have Super Powers is a cheerier set of collages using the same group photographs.
My Friends Have Super Powers includes some of the empty painted background masks, for that pandemic vibe:
An earlier photography project, Talking to Myself (February 2020), confronts my own vanity and aging. Because it forced me to study my collapsing appearance, the death of my mother and my own mortality, Talking to Myself fed directly into my thinking about people's responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.