Spring Fashion- Life Imitates Art

Last fall, on Naoshima Island, I saw a wonderful, playful expression of life, imitating art.

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I can’t remember what the painting is called, but if I’m remembering correctly, the piece is by David Hockney.  I love the wittiness.  The painting is given a 3-dimensional feel, with the objects stepping out into the space of the viewer, challenging the parameters of where the painting begins and ends.  And then of course, I can’t help wondering, while viewing this painting, does the passive viewer, unknowingly become, an active part of the staged scene and experience?

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Somewhere on a deserted beach on Naoshima Island, 2 identical boats were placed in the same manner. When the bus hovered high on a hilly road, I looked down and saw the painting in real life- life imitating art, and the sight made me laugh with pleasure.

I’ve been re-visiting this idea ever since, and wondering how/when I could recreate something similar for myself.

On the High Street, I found some things for Easter.

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When one thinks of Easter, pastel colours may perhaps spring more readily to mind.  But, as I am guilty of dressing my home in the same manner I dress-

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and because the one true Spring purchase I made was Self-Portrait’s Spring 2016 lace-panel bell-sleeved dress in black and white-

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I could not resist getting a dozen easter egg ornaments in the same colour palette.

The village florist had bundles of branches for sale.  I asked to look at them.  Something about branches reaching, twisting, turning, convey a sense of quiet simplicity- an expression I seek.

“They are rather large…” the florist forewarned.

My appetite for drama took over.  I suddenly felt, we also needed, eucalyptus.

Remember Ta Prohm, the Tomb Raider temple in Cambodia?

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I am often asked where I get my ideas for choreography from.  Truth is, travel, reading and being attentive to daily life provides one with a wealth of ideas for creative expression and play!

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The branches were too big for my vase, so the florist helped me cut them.  Rather than toss the ends out, I strung them up with eucalyptus and hung them on my little cabinet in the hallway- my interpretation of a tree, taking root, in the home.

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My piece de resistance?

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Placed before (his) grandfather’s painting of roses in black and white.

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Life imitates art, in theme, composition and colour play.  My home is just about dressed!

This morning, a chance blooming!

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Easter is going to be beautiful, He said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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