Emily I: Beauty

Emily I: Beauty
37"x32.5"x3"
2001
Molded cotton pulp, papyrus, burlap, muslin, canvas, and wood. Hand-painted and stitched using cotton and hemp threads. Reclaimed wood frame.
This piece appeared in the Altering Matters exhibit.

One of a few pieces I've done based on literary figures, Emily was my exploration of a death mask and shroud, and was based on Emily Dickinson's lie and her poem "I died for beauty ...," which is also hand-painted onto the papyrus. The wood frame was built of scraps I salvaged from an old outhouse which I found in the woods near our home.

Emily I: Beauty

Emily I (Detail)

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