Karen Reimer

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Karen Reimer

I’d be interested in working in a similar way to the way that I did for the last Pretty Face that I participated in, back in 2008. At that time I made a portrait of a couple. As a way to make a portrait, I decided to base the piece on the fact that they were 12 years apart in age. I embroidered lists of twelves—a dozen eggs, a dozen roses, the months of the year, the twelve days of Christmas, and so forth (see photos)—onto their existing household linens, and then replaced them in whatever space in the house they were normally kept—closets and cupboards, etc. So in the couple’s stack of napkins, for example, there is one that has an embroidered list on it. When they come to that napkin, they may decide to use it or just put it back in the stack. I am interested in this potential relationship to art: not one of hanging it on a wall and contemplating it, but rather one of coming across it periodically and not just looking at it, but handling it, possibly using it, knowing it in the same way one would other household items. I would like art to be part of regular ordinary life.

I am also interested in the conceptual specificity of the piece to the couple. The lists of twelve only make sense in the context of them as a couple. If they break up, the piece is meaningless. I would try to find something equally specific to embroider onto their household goods for any other portrait commissioners that I worked with, couple or single.

Karen Reimer







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