The fascination with underwear and clothing in general continues. Today I put the finishing touches on “Pink Slip With Wallpaper.”
Perhaps it’s just an artist thing, but I like to track a project through various stages of completion. Each pause in the process represents a different finished product, a parallel universe containing rejected possibilities known only to the artist.
Tightened up and left as-is, this could have been a pop art piece. I could have saved myself a boatload of work if I’d gone this route.
At this point, I’ve already chosen which road to take. The ruffle-and-flower motif is taken from a photograph of actual vintage wallpaper.
With the addition of leaves and stems, the wallpaper is finished. With so much work behind me, the slip stretched out like an anxious question mark. Should I stick to the pinkish coral color or change it to white? How to balance the large expanse of slip with the fussy background? Was the whole thing just a labor-intensive mistake? I chose to stick with the color but might have given up something by not stopping right here.
Here is the finished work. Both the slip and the background have the detail I like but there’s also just enough un-embroidered material in the middle to create a color block. As an older lady, I often feel myself slipping away into invisibility. As I contemplate this image, it occurs that perhaps a subconscious impulse lies behind the imagery. I’ve unknowingly just painted a pun.