Painting on Secondhand Handbags

Industrially- and mass-produced objects become personalized as unique individuals use them. I contemplate an object’s history from how it has been formed, folded, scratched, colored, stretched, cut, and more. Then through painting on them, I recover and enhance the hidden dynamics in second-hand handbags. Through this improvisational process, visual evidence on the surface becomes more pronounced or is acknowledged or eliminated. I use leather-friendly and durable acrylic paints. My challenge is to experience and respond closely to the characteristic qualities of a found item.

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