The red mystery object is a close up of a red spider lily petal, which has been my muse for the project I’ve been working on called “Spider Lily Red” since 2012. Originally posted on “mood board” section of my website on November 11, 2020. Edit revised and published on February 27, 2021.
Previous version had a line “Beauty will save the world.” on it as a meme, and the layered ocean was more visible / vivid, i.e. too many things going on and it felt a bit “pushy”. The hand writing behind the petal is a journal entry from some time ago while I was “blocked” creatively. I wrote a bit about it on this post, not to be repetitive but: “Beauty will save the world.”
Photographed the day prior, uploaded March 29, 2015 to Flickr. Purse created around shortly before. Revised edit created on February 14, 2021.
The purse was in use for some time before the vintage kimono fabric (with cross pattern) started to tear. Revision to the pouch was made March 2020.
Cross is a symbol I used many times over the years, with earliest ( that are on this website ) being the Pool Series ( circa 1999 – ).
To see the shape stripped off of its historical weight is a practice I’d call “individuation by choice”.
In fact made a zine a while back, loosely on the subject.
It is called “Own Your Shadow” (2018). Please have a look, purchase if you fancy, I poured lots of my experiences into it so that, hopefully, you won’t have to feel too alone while, if applicable, in a lightless cocoon.
Published on February 14, last edited March 04, 2021.
Originally uploaded on Flickr March 2015, shot and compiled around the same time. The satin of the purse is unevenly faded due to sun exposure.
Published on February 14, 2021.
Photographed and uploaded to Flickr on January 28, 2015, revised edit made on February 14, 2021.
The purse itself was created circa 2004, out of vintage futon fabric I found during my visit to the island in early August 2003. The peak season with very few tourists, I was often alone, the only car on the road.
The place has a unique history as an island of exile, “…was a place of banishment for those who had fallen out of favor with the rulers of the day. More than 70 people—notably aristocrats and artists—were exiled here” (within “” from Smithsonian magazine).
Published on February 14, last edited on February 15, 2021.
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