It’s a rare day when Sophia the art mannequin and her sister Gillian are together, but Gillian just returned from the royal wedding and wanted to dish about the clothes and hats she saw. Those of you who read here regularly know that Sophia is my side-kick at Villa Redondo and she gets regular clothing changes depending on my mood. Here they are together on the patio.
Gillian was originally purchased to be the foundation for a mixed media collage project I have never gotten around to. Her face is just so darned haughty, so mostly she remains under wraps in the garage. Or maybe it is her platinum wig. I dressed her to put her on Craig’s List, but don’t have the heart yet to sell her. Anybody in the market?
When I visited the Brewery Artwalk in downtown Los Angeles last month, I was delighted to see other artists who like to work with a mannequin palette. Here are a few examples.
But when I received my Cloth Paper Scissors magazine for June/July 2011 last week, there was a whole article on art mannequins written by Dorit Elisha. The featured mannequins had been part of a “Hey, Babe” exhibit at the Ein-Hod Artists Village in Israel. Another article from the Jerusalem Post was also exhibited, and I’m wondering if I should remove Gillians stomach and make it into a shrine. What do you think? You have to go to the link to see the shrine mannequins.
The two faces below are from a Savannah art show. This style is what I would like to use on Gillian.
While I was Googling around to find other examples of mannequin art, I was astounded by this very unusual (and somewhat violent) site called VN of mannequins as part of performance art. I was especially touched, actually, by Man Ray's exhibit, but Mad TV's skit is pretty funny. Hmmm. I might have to see about getting a life separate from my obsessions about mannequins.