It's finally happening!!
latest embroidery animation is premiering December 14 at the Service Face
exhibition at the Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta. And guess who got to be a part of it?
|RuStitch Grid, by 35 artists. Aubrey Longley-Cook (2013)|
Me! I stitched Frame 11.
A little background... In February of 2013, Aubrey gathered 35 artists at the Wonderroot
studio in Atlanta to participate in an X stitch workshop, where each of us stitched one frame for a new animation he created. I knew it was crazy to join this -- I was in the midst of a terrible flare of pernicious anemia and it involved driving six hours, one way, to Atlanta, three times in three weeks.
I was so weak that I couldn't drive myself, so I wound up taking a bus for the last trip
, which turned out to be a fantastically colorful and fun experience. Jamie Chalmers later told me he thought it was a bit "mental." A six hour drive is basically the length of an entire country in his neck of the woods (UK).
|Frame 11, WIP 1, Olisa Corcoran (2013)|
But there was no way I could pass up the opportunity to meet and work with Aubrey, an artist whose huge talent and creativity is matched only by his warmth and sense of inclusion.
|With Aubrey. I love this photo because I look so|
star struck! (And anemic.)
The RuPaul animation is part of his larger exhibition called Serving Face. Here is the description from the Barbara Archer Gallery:
Serving Face investigates and documents Atlanta's drag queens by combining traditional embroidery techniques and animation. Co-presented by Barbara Archer Gallery and Goat Farm's satellite location Erikson Clock, Serving Face will showcase Atlanta artist Aubrey Longley-Cook's portraits of drag queens, paired with work created by his RuPaul Cross Stitch Animation Workshop – a collaboration of 35 artists.
|Frame 11, WIP 2 (2013)|
And their explanation of the term "serving face":
The term “serving face” is a drag-community expression used to describe a queen striking an intense pose. Longley-Cook's portraits offer intimate glimpses of his subjects as seen through vanity mirrors.
|Frame 11, WIP 3 (2013)|
I'll be in Atlanta for the opening. If you're in the area, please join us! And please look for me and introduce yourself.
I can't wait to see the animation!