Breakfast, 24 x 24 x 1 in, paper, screen, crayon, ink, wood, croissant flakes, 2016(detail, Breakfast)
Coffee, paper, screen, crayon, ink, wood, muffin crumbs, 48 x 48 x 3, 2016(detail, Coffee)
Dinner, paper, screen, crayon, ink, wood, tortilla remnants, 48 x 48 x 3, 2016(detail, Dinner)
Two years after moving to LA, I made a series of collaborative “relationship portraits” with girl friends back home that I struggled to see in person. These are double decker works- paper recessed two inches below a tight drum of mesh screen, on which elements float and cast a shadow below.
All works were made in the color that each friend chose from a pack of crayons I had. Together we made the crayon rubbings of the tables we sat at to catch up over coffee, lunch, etc.
The alternative title of the series is: All the Ways to Honor a Meal with a Friend Without Performing the Relationship on Social Media for Others’ Consumption and Approval.
Included in each Relationship Portrait are:
- a five minute live portrait drawing of the friend as she sat across from me. (And sometimes her sketch of me, and both of our written reactions to seeing ourselves through the other’s drawing.)
- sun prints of our shadows, re-printed in our skin colors
- cyanotypes of the food, re-printed in a similar hue to her favorite crayon color or our skin colors
- monoprints of the food we ate, dipped in paint a similar hue to her favorite crayon color or our skin colors
- collaboratively collected 3D scans of our table and it’s environment, tinted toward a similar hue to her favorite crayon color or our skin colors
- 3D prints of some of the food
- printed flatbed scans of our hands squished to the glass, holding our phones displaying our favorite picture of ourself and the other