With all my time staying home recovering from surgery and unable to do much, I decided to make thank you cards for all my amazing friends who took care of me and kept me company. These are all cutouts from scrapbooking paper.
I tore my ACL playing soccer and was a little terrified about surgery. I decided to make a card for my surgeon with a guilt-trippy message about “thank you in advance for making me able to run again” and “I’m so grateful to be in the hands of such a respected surgeon” or whatever, and I put an image of a girl running on the front. The hardest part of this was making so small an image, but it worked out. And he did a good job!
A darling friend of mine from Portland was pregnant and had this beautiful photo series done with her husband. I’m not sure exactly how I decided to use one of her images to make a portrait, but I think it might have originated in a facebook comment conversation based on some of my other pieces. Anyway, portraits of people I know are awesome, and I want to do more of them. So cool to think about the person who I’m creating it for when choosing the photo and the papers. I chose the reindeer paper for Jen’s skin because I thought about her creating life within her, and the energy of it seemed appropriate.
Another student group t-shirt contest (or really they said it was a logo contest but I chose to ignore that distinction). Queer Health Task Force made me think of fighters for good, defending the innocent, and bringing justice to the world, etc. Also Pride. So that lead me to the Power Rangers, that I repurposed using rainbow-colored construction paper. I’m not sure whether this one actually made it onto a t-shirt or a poster or what, but I did have the original taped onto my bedroom wall for quite a while.
In grad school I joined a student group called the Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Group, or SHAG for short (you can just ignore the fact that it should really be SRHAG) (Also did I mention that I went to Public Health school and that my concentration was in adolescent reproductive health? Now maybe it makes more sense). Anyway, they wanted to make a group t-shirt and called for submissions. I decided to redo one of the Brooklyn Girls with what I thought were related images, so you have:
Georgia O’Keeffe for the hair (vaginas)
Map of the world for the skin (global nature of this work)
Adam and Eve for the underwear (sex, humans)
BodyWorlds for the stockings (health, science)
And a green landscape for the boots (roots, nature, harmony)
Then I scanned the whole image and used photoshop to put it on top of a bunch of sexual and reproductive health facts.
Needless to say I won – I have the t-shirt to prove it. I wear it to the gym sometimes.