Item 1 combines the first craftwork I ever loved with wallpaper repeats, cut paper and photography. I taught myself alphabets and calligraphy when I was in grade school. This piece combines calligraphy with my very recent photographic explorations. This medieval frame is based on a design used by the 15th century Flemish illuminator known as the Boucicaut Master. At the time, his miniatures displayed progressive use of light, perspective and naturalism in the Italian style. Medieval books of hours could be interpreted as portraits of their patrons. As my use of 35-mm film progressed, I began commemorating St. Louis’s historical families. In the early 1900s, Luyties paid homage to his failed attempt at gaining an Italian mistress by having this voluptuous Italian art model set in marble as ‘Monteverdi’s Angel’. In the city now known globally for racial/socioeconomic divides, this offers another perspective on the vices of it’s former elite.
Scanned Fuji Portra Negative. 20 x 35cm (“8 x 14”) ornamental frame: ink and acrylic on tinted vellum. Frame produced in 2006. Montage produced in 2016.