Saturday, January 10, 2009

Photography & Digital Illustration: 'Embellishments'


The intersection of two historically suppressed embellishments through digital photography.

Historically both Victorian wallpaper and tattoos have been stigmatized as signs of deviancy, and now both have been consumed into mass media. Wallpaper such as the Victorian Regency wallpaper available to women through the Sears catalogue was considered so sexually evocative that it was banned through churches, and many homes were whitewashed or covered with newspaper. Tattoos were part of a police profiling check-off that were "scientifically" linked with criminality and psychological illnesses - of course the studied people happened to also either be in the army or in jail.

Pictures of the exhibition while up at St. Joseph's College, March 7-20, 2008 (Supported by the University of Toronto's Festival of the Arts).

This show of photographs was also exhibited at the Toronto restaurant Le Bar Au Soupe, 164 Ossington Ave from September through November, 2008.

'Embellishments' is also up for the Victoria College Photography Week, Jan. 19-24 2009.

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