The Ideal Sex Life
The Ideal Sex Life is from a series which I started about two years ago. They are based on vintage (early-to-mid 20th century) books found in thrift stores. Using ink-jet printer fabric and stiff felt, I reproduce the cover and spine of each volume. The interior pages are collages--also printed on fabric--based on the book, using text /images from the original source and from many other sources. (I have a large collection of paper ephemera, including vintage books and magazines, sheet music, greeting cards, postcards, album covers and miscellaneous items.)
I have mostly used instructional books; a sex manual, a cookbook, and volumes on relaxation, swimming, and flower arranging. My most recent work is based on a novel, Charles Jackson's THE LOST WEEKEND, the heavily autobiographical 1944 saga of an alcoholic, gay, failed writer on a five-day binge. Like the other books I have used, it suggests rich visual images ideal for collage, but it also presented the challenge of conveying a narrative to viewers who may not be familiar with the story.
There is certainly a vein of social and historical commentary that runs through my work, but I am equally--maybe primarily--interested in wit and beauty. I like to think of them as objets d'art intended for private ownership, objects of aesthetic and intellectual pleasure which reward close and repeated viewing.