Famous Women Artists on Thongs!
(ink and felt on low-rise stretch cotton thong)
(artist statement — Center for Maine Contemporarty Art)
As an artist, I’ve often worked in series. Sometimes a series is determined by my materials — a series of paintings with natural objects embedded in resin (the early 90's), a series of paintings made with Handi Wipes and dishcloths (1997-2000), and more recently a series of Band-Aid paintings and drawings. Sometimes a series is based on a central image — cellphones, guns, panties.
The series that is emerging from these sketches is a bit of both.
After the iconic simplicity of my Band-Aid paintings, I’ve recently enjoyed doodling around with a felt tip pen and a stack of vintage Walter Foster “How To Draw ___” booklets. The result has been these rough portraits of famous women artists drawn with Sharpie pen on pink ovals of felt. I’m working on Kiki Smith next. These sketches will be refined and ultimately transferred onto white cotton thongs as displayable objects (I have a prototype hanging trophy-style over my bed) or wearable art (ask and I might show you mine).
These artist superheroes are positive, pink and female. Each of them has been influential in my own work over the past three decades, and in the coming months I look forward to drawing more. The finished thongs will be on sale on my website this fall, so get ready to collect the whole series. Georgia O’Keefe and Nancy Spero — you’re on a thong!