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Illusions

April 11, 2014

Here’s a new series of drawings, ‘Illusions’. All are mixed media (white acrylic paint on magazine paper). All the drawings are based on layering different articles of historical attire over models wearing contemporary 21st century garments.

Copyright Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett

Copyright Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett

Copyright Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett

Copyright Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett

The contrast between the original image and the way the image has been altered through drawing pokes fun at the way fashions change and are later sometimes viewed as ridiculous. This also raises feminist issues around the judgment placed on women because of what they wear, as well as questioning the ethics of advertisements in the form of logos worn on people’s bodies. There is a playful juxtaposition between the cheeky poses of the model and the historical items of clothing drawn over them, which appear more serious and formal to the contemporary viewer.

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