Copying has been an important part of artistic training for ages. When the Louvre opened in 1793, artists were given time to copy work from the collection. The Met has had a similar program (the “Copyist Program”) since 1872. I call this project “After Avedon” as traditionally paintings are titled with the preface “After” when the artist has imitated a known work by a famous artist. Unlike Avedon, who traveled to 13 states and 189 towns from Texas to Idaho with multiple assistants in tow for his landmark project - In the American West - I enjoy the advantage of a small camera, finding or making my own props, and using my three children as models. It’s become a study in the differences that arise through repetition and a way for me to consider my own children’s lot in life.
The Frictionless Plane
It’s the place outside of space and time where magical creatures grow wise, but never age...like Wilford Brimley in Cocoon.
Kings of the Dirt
Square dancing happens in big buildings on the outskirts of towns with the nicest people ever. It’s complicated and everyone I talked to says it’s the best marriage counseling money can buy, minus the counseling part.