In 2001 I read "The Language of Clothes," by Alison Lurie. It made me.
A hat is a sign, worn where it simply can't be missed.
In the process of being sold goods, we are also being sold an image of desirability. From fashion magazines, to retail display, to toy merchandising, the chain of messages in advertising culture forms the social constructs of identity, beauty and femininity. The Emmy award winning video of my public art installation, Under Construction - The Silent Sellers, documents the inspiration and process.
Concept, construction and installation by Jodie Bailey
Photograph by Polina Osherov
Model; Lindsey Davidson Abbott
Video by Mike Knight, Arts Council of Indianapolis
My first self-portrait was made as a way of coping. Later, in art school I was assigned so many self-portrait projects I thought I would go mad. Each piece has been a form of art therapy, no doubt documenting my sense of self in place and time.