Subject Tags: drawing, pink, typography, text, large canvas, mixed media, collage, face, portrait, songwriter, 1915, american artist, american, celebrity, famous, jazz singer, jazz musician, jazz, lady day, billie holiday
Size: 47.24"W x 31.5"H x 0.79"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
Billie Holiday ( Lady Day ) was born in Philadelphia, on april 7th 1915.
She was an american jazz singer and songwriter.
She claimed that she never sang a note, even though people wanted her to. Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by
jazz instrumentalists, pioneered e new way of manipulating, phrasing and tempo.
Above all she was admired for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing.
I assemble original photography, assorted papers, acrylics, oil, charcoal, ink, and pencil in my works. The variety of resources I am able to use has proved indispensable to me. The biggest challenge the collage medium posed was its unforgiving lack of transparency. Finding a way to replicate the effects of transparency afforded by paint, especially watercolors, was a large victory for me. The preparing labor shows through in my collages; layer upon layer of material remains visible in the finished pieces. I believe my body of work is characterized by my skill for reinvention. Having always loved the appearance of weathered walls plastered with peeling paint and old posters, I revive this aesthetic with hopefully a keen and professional eye. The creative objective of my work is to “make something beautiful out of dilapidation.” My tableaus explore the dissonance between old and new materials, intertwined in the most beautiful way possible to create dreamlike and melancholy images.