Hello and welcome to my fourth selection of Style Imitating Art for the year!
Style Imitating Art
Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.
This Week’s Presenter
Well, that would be me!
This Week’s Inspirational Image
For this round, I chose a piece by Yinka Shonibare, a British artist of Nigerian origin. I first encountered his work about eleven years ago and Pattern ID at the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City. Shonibare’s work has a commanding presence even if you are not aware of the historical and social connections that it alludes to.
For us, I decided to go with Leisure Lady with Ocelots, which he created in 2001.
His art examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity and his works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.
Shonibare uses a great deal of wax cloth since 1994 which is the brightly colored “African” fabric (Dutch wax-printed cotton) that he buys himself from Brixton Marker in London. However, according to him, ” the fabrics are not really authentically African the way people think,” says Shonibare. “They prove to have a crossbred cultural background quite of their own.
At the age of 18, he contracted transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord, which resulted in one side of his body being paralyzed. His disability has gotten worse as he has gotten older (he was born in 1962) and now has a team to help make his work a reality. I do think he is an important artist for our times.
I hope everyone finds this work inspirational. His work certainly has a message.
Have Some Fun & Join Us
Go take a look in your closet and see what you have. Put something together and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by a week from tomorrow, April, 19th. I love getting those emails!
I think that’s it for now,
My first seen work of Shonibare was Three Graces, also completed in 2001.
However, I didn’t write anything about this piece at the time and this was when I was solely an art and design blogger. Instead, I wrote on Willie Coles’s piece Garden (Ozone Summer Series) HERE. This was back when my blog was called the “MeadowTree Journal”, which gave me license to write about anything I wanted. The Journal was originally started in 2009 on Blogger (it’s still out there in Cyberspace). I’ve been blogging on and off for a while now!