Medium: found photograph w/ silly putty collage
Dimensions: H12 x W9 inch
about the process: the found background image is an 8 x 10 inch contact print mounted on 9 x 12 inch board. The background image was originally used in art history classes for memorization and identification before the introduction of slides. The silly putty image originated from a 1950s encyclopedia entitled Lands and Peoples. The pieces are coated with six layers of acrylic matt medium gel and then six layers of Triple Thick Glaze and then topped off with several layers of Matt Spray.
about the idea: The project’s title is “BLESS YOU” - this title works as a literal reference to a sneeze, one of the most recognizable forms of spreading a virus. The imagery forms a didactic combination or relationship of visual codes that reference aspects of western art and culture as well as the sneeze itself. The silly putty’s formal qualities simulate this discharge -gooey and messy. The putty is also representative of the material used in a child’s first attempts at appropriation, and thus an image exchange. The imagery itself illustrates individuals or groups interjecting in a fairly aggressive fashion, while everything hinges on the classical western ideal - Greek and Roman sculpture.