So at the moment I’m creating a set of “portraits” of my family. Without showing their faces. Cool idea right? So I’ve been looking at ways to represent each person though places, objects, art styles and text.
My mum is interesting to do a project like this about because she is a great collector of decorative objects and clothes- in my mind she has a very strong stylistic identiy. In her own words she “hates modern art” and Ikea; her house is filled with ornate oak furniture and every cabinate is filled with it’s own selection of glassware, ceramics and unusual odds and ends. She collects Denby, Cornishware, Lilliput Lane cottages, tiny glass horses, Kay Co. tea sets and pocket watches (for reasons of family history) as well as all manner 0f ornemental animals.
The artist that I most strongly associate with my mother is William Morris (not only for her living room curtains but the way that she can spot any of his wallpapers when they appear in the backgrouds of tv programmes.) My mother regards herself as a very English woman, and William Morris embodies a lot of that traditional English decorative craft-based feel.