Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010, Day 250

Here is a dependable long black sheath by Nicole Miller suitable for all sorts of charitable events. In fact, I’ve worn it only once to fundraiser for Children’s Hospital in Santa Monica. I will probably wear it again in October for a dinner at Chaminade,* but have it on today only for this picture.

I am standing in the downstairs landing which was once a bit of a backwater, but is now notably more chic and sophisticated. The old rug has been switched out for this calf hide (a cow-sized hide being too big for the space) and the old Crate and Barrel side table has been replaced by this faux-Chippendale demilune designed by the darling and rather clever Mark Cutler. The etching of the sea is by Vija Celmins and is absolutely stunning in its detail.

My friend the artist Sinan Revell Leong created the ceramic “shoes.” They are the same size as actual shoes worn by Chinese women who had their feet bound. Foot binding was popular for a thousand years and the practice was only discontinued in the first part of the twentieth century. The binding literally hobbled women’s feet making it impossible to walk comfortably. Sinan painted skeleton feet on the sides of the shoes as a haunting reminder of the oppression of Chinese women.

Sinan came for a visit today to discuss doing a portrait of me. She is working in photography now and wants use a lenticular printing** process which will have my image switching between looking like a Gustav Klimt portrait of Judith the First (who had someone beheaded) and Medusa (who was eventually beheaded), depending on which way you look at it.

*Gary graduated from Chaminade in 1977 and now sits on the Board of Directors. Elodie and Graydon will be going there for middle and high school.

** Lenticular printing is a technology in which a lenticular lens is used to produce images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles.

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