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.
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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.
My best friend and I were having a Hanukkah party at my apartment in Portland. But if you know anything about Portland, you know that there aren’t many Jews. In fact, if we just invited our friends, there would be one and a half Jews coming aside from ourselves. So we told our friends that they couldn’t come unless they brought a Jew with them. This ended up being amazing, and hysterical – I wish I could have been there to witness people asking their token Jewish coworker or friendly acquaintance from their volunteer job if they wanted to come to this party. But it was a great turnout, and super fun.
As it would happen, one Jewish friend-of-a-friend who came to the party saw the Brooklyn Girls haphazardly taped to my wall and started asking me about them, and ultimately asked to buy two of the girls from my wall and to commission a 3rd that would become a birthday present for her boyfriend (hence why those pictured are colored copies). This was pretty exciting!!
Turns out her boyfriend didn’t like them – I think he felt uncomfortable because of how provocative they were. I’m not entirely sure what ended up happening with them, but it was cool for me!
For years I liked collecting what I call religious propaganda, which basically refers to anything faith-based that someone is handing out on the street, and other things like glow-in-the-dark Mary candles and Bibleopoly (actually kind of a fun game). I decided to use the handouts to recreate the Brooklyn Girls Baywatch Babe. Not sure it worked that well because the whole point is the contrast between the papers, and it’s also such small pieces that you can’t really tell what’s written on it, but it was a fun project nonetheless.
I’ve always been into making collages with magazines, and then at some point started getting into scrapbooking paper. This was back when I was living in Portland. One of my roommates at the time worked at a bookstore, and when they had calendars that didn’t sell, they would rip off the cover to send back to the publisher, and then they could do what they wanted with the rest of the calendar. One of these that made its way back to our house was the Brooklyn Girls calendar, where queer girls from Brooklyn dressed up as pinups from the different decades. We didn’t love the way they looked as such (no offense) but another roommate suggested I remake the girls with scrapbooking paper, and thus my art form was born!