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Collage: Marker, Paint Pen, Photo on Paper.
Everybody Likes Butch is a 7.5x5.5 work on paper. A b&w studio photo was blown up, cut out, hand-colored (Prismacolor markers, paint pen), and mounted on a 1947 children's book cover. It is rubber-stamped with the wabi-sabi symbol and is part of my wabi-sabi series. A full definition of wabi-sabi is on my web page.
The woman in the picture is Joe Carstairs born Marian Barbara Carstairs in London in 1900. She was a Standard Oil heiress who would have been happier born an heir. Usually dressed as a man, Joe had tattooed arms and raced fast cars, speedboats, and ambulances. She had numerous affairs with women, including Dolly Wilde, Oscar's niece, as well as Garbo, Bankhead, and Dietrich. Carstairs died in Florida in 1993 clutching Lord Tod Wadley, a cherished doll given to her many years before by her girlfriend Ruth Baldwin.
The book Everybody Likes Butch by Bernice Bryant (1906-1976) was published in 1947. Bryant was a Missouri-born author of children's books including P'S and Q's for Boys and Girls. Would the P's and Q's still be relevant today?
Butch is part of the sexual identity lexicon. Male or female. Is the term elastic? And are identifying terms harmful or useful?
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection
Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in New York