Last summer, I was curated into a really fun show at the City of Chandler’s Vision Gallery, where I took on the challenge of creating a piece inspired by an object from the Chandler History Museum’s permanent collection. I was a little nervous about working from a prompt- I’m used to just following my own artistic whims and fancies- but my fears were quelled when I laid my eyes on this object from their collection:
I immediately knew what to do. I thought back on the vanity mirror as a site of girlhood experimentation and exploration. I wanted to recreate that messy, naive feeling of exploring feminine rituals before fully understanding them. Thus, “Mommy’s Lipstick” was born:
It was a fun challenge to adhere to a prompt/theme while still remaining within my own personal artistic wheelhouse.
I’m excited to participate in the exhibition again this Summer, with a new piece inspired by the vanity mirror!