HELEN IN GOLD
This mixed media artwork is a portrait of a woman cabbie from the 1940s. I worked with acrylic paint to portray the woman. In this work, I played with gold leaf for her clothes. I enjoyed playing with the ideas of layers, how gold can flatten things, but it's also placed in spaces with value, or shading.
I also chose actual gold leaf as a way to literally speak of her value and worth. It’s a means to honor her and speak to the irony of being documented by a photographer but not worthy enough of documenting her name.
I worked with traditionally decorative or “female” materials as another means to celebrate this unknown, unsung woman.
Listen to Carrie as she talks about honoring Helen and using gold leaf.