In this series, entitled ‘Madonnas,’ I have created self portraits in the poses and typical style of depictions of the Virgin Mary. I hand made my props out of household items from the dollar tree and have utilized Mary, ‘the mother of mankind,’ as a recognizable figure, in order to reflect the domestic expectations of motherhood and femininity for young women. While the series utilizes religious symbolism and references from art history, it is intended as a focus on womanhood rather than a commentary on religion.
I made a pinterest board for inspiration and you can check it out to see what poses and compositions I was inspired by
I really enjoyed making this series. Although it was stressful because I had to create ten images in a small time frame, it was worth the extra effort to end up with such a variety in my compositions and props. One of my main personal goals for this was to solely use items purchased at the dollar tree. Some of you may remember during my second 365 I started a small series trying to repurpose dollar tree items and I decided to use this as an opportunity to explore that further. All of these items are accessible to anyone, it is how they are treated that makes them significant. I will admit, the silk flowers are not from the dollar tree, they are from Michaels, but that is the only thing besides the hot glue. I am really proud that I was able to work with such a constraint.
I know this series is really different for me, and it’s not the only type of work I am interested in doing, but I just have so much fun really spending time on images rather than spontaneously creating them with no solid concept in mind. It’s so exciting to experiment with different styles and inspirations. I had Hendrik Kerstens in mind during this whole process, he is so brilliant. I want the images to take on a type of humor, like I spy, where you are constantly noticing things, like q-tips, mouse traps, or toilet paper. I wanted to add that level of interaction with the viewer.
I can’t wait to move to California and move my sets outdoors (the florida landscape is boring me endlessly) to create even larger scenes.
Also I promise I will move away from religious references soon! I am just riding the Italy inspiration wave until the very end.
I hope you enjoy, I will be making a post of a few detail images that I really can’t stop looking at. Thanks guys!