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.
Acrylic and 23 karat gold leaf on canvas