Clare Strand, Skirts, (2013)
These images could easily be photos of dressing found on the set of Twin Peaks. How would you describe your aesthetic?
I don’t have a default aesthetic – I guess the continuous anchor of enquiry is the style. To my understanding Lynch explores, complicates and celebrates the odd and absurd qualities of the everyday. This is as good a place as anywhere to start. Skirting is an everyday, commercial product. I am really interested in small, specialized worlds – it’s where I feel most comfortable. Skirting is used to make tables “pretty”. The skirting is also used to conceal, to trick and to cover up flaws… all things that photography is very efficient in. I chose to make a topology with Skirts, as this type of categorization is something that photography is most useful for.
Four empty Frame Cards from the 1930’s card game, "Physogs"
”The game is not to be likened in any way to a jig-saw puzzle. It is definite character analysis by use of real photographic reproductions, invented by Jacques Penry, the Author of Character from the Face(published by Hutchinson) and contributions to the Sunday Express.
The object of the game is not merely the piecing together of features-but the building of faces, the features of which are consistent with each other. The eyes, nose, mouth, ect., must not, in its respective “character,” conflict with any other feature.
For instance, on a pleasant, smiling face would be found twinkling eyes,with the lower rim or lid drawn up almost half-way over the eyeball. The mouth would have turned corners. With this particular face, any well-proportioned nose could be used. It would be a mistake to use, in connection with smiling eyes, a straight, thin, lipped mouth, or one with down-turned corners.
The playing cards consist of 13 kinds of eyes, 13 noses, 13 mouths, and 13 type cards. From these the player may build any one of 13 types of facial character.”
The 13 type cards are titled as follows:
Suave-Obsequious, Dissipated, Crafty-Self-Centered, Artistic-Imagnative,Pleasant-Cheerful, Self Conscious, Magnetic, Determined, Excitable-Impetuous, Narrow Minded-Stubborn, Bad Tempered, Acquisitive-Shrewd