I have been working on a series of paintings with "white dress(es)" motif for quite a while and recently, I extended my effort to include some installation/mixed-media endeavors. My most complete effort in this new field was a work titled "Stringed White Dresses - An Installation", completed in March 2013.
Using some rather square and unyielding origami white dresses, pasted onto twines who in turn were attached to a wooden frame, I created a subtle contrast between orderly and disarray, manifested in the disordered formation of those white dresses. To enhance the contrast and drama, I affixed to the frame a background of colored ink drawing - mostly in black, with dashes of muted red. When I started to get excited about this project, I recorded part of the creating process on video. Below are the video clip and the finished piece:
Though I was happy with and proud of the resulting work, I didn't pin much hope on this piece which was really an experiment. Yet, I was curious enough to see other people's reactions to it so I submitted it for publication and in April, it was included in Pomona Valley Review, Issue 7, published by Cal Poly Pomona.
I was quite encouraged by this acceptance and entered it for the ArtSlant 4th 2013 Showcase competition, in mixed-media category. Last week, I was informed, and then saw the result online, that it had won the award.
That made it the fourth win in ArtSlant's Showcase competitions.
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I am quite pleased and more than a bit amused by its success. A new direction? Maybe. The "White Dress" series will continue, for sure.
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