"Dress Form Dreams": Paper mache decoupage with art charms

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"French Nudes" Altered Victorian Album

This small album (5.5" x 8") has an art nouveau  jewelry finding on its cover and is tied with a ribbon of seafoam-colored organza.  Most of the images are not original, but are collage-sheet reproductions of French postcards.  The theme is the tension between pleasure and inhibition:  altered images of voluptuous ladies are interspersed with book pages about self-pollution and prostitution.  Vintage postcards of famous monuments have "windows" which can be opened to show photographs of nudes with butterfly wings.  Traditional Victorian beauties are juxtaposed with sensual models that are posed in similar fashion or draped with identical colors.

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