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Unusual Art Materials

by rebeccawisegirson , April 3, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: art materials, found objects

What is the strangest material you've ever used in your artwork? Though toilet paper ranks right up there for me, I'd have to say it's the black plastic bathing-suit form used in my "Body of Work" piece.

I'll never forget the day we met. I was rummaging through a thrift store in Jacksonville's Riverside district when I saw her from across the room. It was love at first sight. I rushed over to where she was hanging and, lo and behold! Could it be!?! There were TWO of them!!! Was this my lucky day or what!

Quickly, I grabbed these two beauties and took them to the register. I just knew that if I didn't act fast someone else would pick them up and they'd be out of my life forever. Truth be told, judging from the thick layer of dust covering their naked bodies, they must have been hanging in that place for decades.

When we arrived home, I hung them on the back of two chairs in the dining room (my studio at the time). There they hung for weeks while I contemplated what to do with them. The dining room was near the entry of our house, so anyone walking in the door couldn't help but see them. Anyone, that is, except my soon-to-be husband. Was our decor so bizarre that two black dismembered female torsos hanging on the back of our dining room chairs was normal!?! A month had passed and he had not made one single comment about our new roommates. Surely he had noticed them, right!?! After two and a half years of marriage, I can tell you that the man notices NOTHING.

The sister to this piece currently hangs in a closet in my studio. I have a lot of ideas, but I'm still not certain what I'm going to do with her. What about you? If you had a black plastic bathing-suit form of a dismembered female torso, what would you do? (And, no, returning her to the thrift store where I found her is NOT an option.)




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04/04/2009 * 07:48:03

I received a comment on our blog from you. As we usually live in obscurity, I looked you up to see what might have brought you to us. I cracked up when I saw your 3D art and blog. Our studio is lined with mannequins, handmade and store bought. Got an idea - want to paint yours and trade for a handwoven? If not, got to tell you. I love it. I am a fan.

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