My paintings here are influenced by Rococo’s iconic corset and the ruff. I alter these examples by the fusion of simple and abstract cuts and shapes of garments into other imaginary surfaces, so that the finery of patterning in Rococo and l’ancien regime gets transformed into a less delicate and more turbulent sensuality…
I am interested in filling the threshold between garment as material object and as vehicle to the immaterial. Color, surface, texture and ambiguous space are key elements to the poetic interaction they tell. My paintings are done in oil on canvas, linen or wood panel, and the effect is one of direct, bold appeal which can be either playful or serious. I see clothes as objects that filter and consume energy in a process of transformation with the hope that through my work they begin a new identity, move through another passage, and become another idea.
GARMENT DISTRICT is a series of paintings that reflect a formal and conceptual investigation into corsetry and ruffs from 18th century Europe. Clothing is vessel to me, as much as it is shelter. Clothing can protect and reveal. I am interested in exploring the corset and ruff as passages and conduits of energy where the boundary between the exterior and interior can either collapse or stabilize.
All of these paintings from the Garment District series vary in size. More are visible on my website at www.samtalbotkelly.com. If you live near Burlington, Vermont and feel the urge to make a day of art feel free to drop along Pine st to 431 at the Maltex Building to see them in person. Looking at art intimately is the real way to feel it out. Prices are there on site. You can also contact Kate at Burlington City Arts via email email@example.com. Parking is around the back of the site if you are coming from a day at the beach. There is plenty going on in that neighborhood, as it is an easy stroll to shop, eat and gaze.
I have plenty more to share with you next time!