Monday, April 23, 2012
Introducing Grocery Store, an indulgent collection of self-portraits as eccentric supermarket shoppers. The zine will first be available this weekend at Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR. I'll be at table 207, come get a copy and pick up Scepter Gem Pt 1, too! Grocery Store will be available to order online here in May.
This project started back in the fall of last year as a reaction to my experiences shopping for groceries, as well as my love of performance, dressing up, and apparent (aka bad) photoshopping. I posted all of the pictures on my tumblr as I made them, but felt like it was time to create something tangible to complete the project. The zine contains a bunch of the original portraits as well as a few new ones.
The grocery store is an amazing place for visual stimulation: aisles and aisles of pattern, color, and shape. Where I live in northern New Jersey, the food stores are all giant, expensive supermarkets. There is something really interesting about the juxtaposition between the intense visuals of the store and the shoppers in it. It's a wonderful place to people watch, and most of them are in their own world while they are shopping, checking off the items on the grocery list in their minds, so it's easy to stare without them noticing. And even if you run into the same shoppers in the store you frequent, there are always those people who catch your eye and prompt you to imagine their weird lives outside of the grocery store.
Friday, April 20, 2012
And here are a few of the unfinished ones. These sculptures were started as far back as December of 2010, so its very unlikely that I will finish them. Plus they are damaged with pieces missing.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I'm a hip old granny who can hip-hop, bebop, dance til ya drop and yo yo, make a wicked cup of cocoa.
I had heard about Advanced Style several times from reading other fashion blogs, and always sort of filed in the back of my mind in Things To Check Out Later. My sister sent me a link to it today and described it as "old ladies going balls to the wall with outfits." My discovering it definitely comes at the perfect time. Between my character Constance of My Great Travels (which I mean to update soon when I have the time!) and some of the more recent performance/self-portrait projects I'm working on, old lady fashion is one of my biggest inspirations. I've mostly been pulling ideas out of my mind and my closet, throwing together the weirdest combinations I can find. It's really satisfying seeing real women dressed in their wildest outfits in the real world. They defy the mass fear that women in our society have of growing old. These women are true to themselves and their age, and it's truly inspiring. And there is something about an eccentric old lady that is undeniably magnetizing. It makes me really excited for aging gracefully, stylishly, and creatively!
I've been frantically scrolling through posts, soaking up the colorful images. Here are some of my favorites.
Edit: Apparently there is a also a documentary from Advanced Style in the works. Here's the trailer: