Saturday, April 17, 2010

Queen of the Laundry

I gave myself a face. That was my initial intention, I really did not want to portray myself as being choked or suffocated by the endless loads of wash, I wanted to represent a more beautiful side to a sometimes overwhelming mundane task. I was inspired by the works of Julie Heffernan, particularly her self portraits wearing dresses composed of tails, dead animals, flowers, etc. Many artisits have painted or drawn portraits of "washer women" and they always look burdened or tired, never glamorous. I wanted to give a new look to an old theme. The lighting in the new photograph is more true to life. It still has some proportion issues, but I am glad I took the time to put the face in. I feel like this is a concept I want to continue with. Let me know what you think of the addition of the face.

I spent a good part of last week working on this life-sized self portrait.
 I do realize that if I stop drawing the laundry I will have more time to wash, dry and put away. But that simply does not excite me:)


  1. Awesome. I love it. No one will remember our clean laundry but art? YES!

  2. It's gorgeous. I make lots of time for kid are, but should remember to make more time for my art! Thanks for the reminder.

  3. i love this! its beautiful gail.

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