Hello Fam, 24x36x1.5 in Mixed Media on Canvas
So if you remember the music head series, I wanted to do a family portrait (and I still might) but I haven't gotten around to it. So when I did this series, I wanted to make sure that one of the first pieces I did was a family portrait. This painting dates me more than anything else because I have used every single one of these phones in my 39 years of life on this plane. And I think that's pretty cool. I'm going to talk about each of them going clockwise.
It starts with that very "basic" wall phone. Beige with the numbers in the same color or a little lighter. We had one in my gramma's kitchen when I was growing up and that thing was a mess. It rang so loudly and would often get static in the line when it was overcast outside. It by no means was our only phone, but it was in the heart of the home, so it saw a lot of action. I wanted to pay homage to that phone, static and all.
Next is the rotary phone. If you saw my piece "Call Ya Mama Sometime", you know how much I love a rotary phone. I dressed sis in a little coral chiffon blouse with a leaf pattern because even though she's a mama, she's still kinda foxy.
Next is the Blackberry. I LOVED my Blackberry. I had a few of them actually, and were it feasible, I'd probably have one now. I put buddy in a CD shirt to speak to the changes in technology happening at the same time. The beginning of Blackberry's popularity signaled the end of tangible music. It went digital shortly after. It's also a nod to my CD head painting from last year.
Next is the smartphone. It's now ubiquitous, but once upon a time, a fully touchscreen phone was anomalous, and boy were they inconvenient. I had one of the first non-iphone touchscreen devices T-Mobile offered and I hated it. I thought the idea was cool, but the phone overheated far too quickly for me. On his shirt is a boombox, a nod to Radiohead.
Last is the iconic lip phone. I wanted to paint that Unisonic clear phone that I begged for and never got, but this one was the second in line behind it. So many people I knew had this phone and I thought it was cool and weird. I'm part of the Claire's generation before they got fancy. Back when they sold enamel "best friends forever" necklaces. On her shirt is an television, a nod to "Commercial Break", with my logo in static.
All together, a beautiful piece of nostalgia. Definitely a conversation starter. It's a 24x36x1.5 in mixed media. I used acrylics, markers, and silver leaf.