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The assignment was to create a series of portraits reflecting the various labor practices employed at Mildred's Lane, an artist-in-residence complex(ity) in rural Pennsylvania.
We created portraits based upon elaborate labor practice titles using the natural light available in an open barn setting. They included materials and props indigenous to the location and to the site's history – both past and present and including clothing "apparatus" designed for the shoot. Sets were influenced by 15th century Carlo Crivelli paintings, 18th century labor portrait photography and aspects of the sitter's personality.
Twelve portraits commissioned by Mildred's Lane are used as a visual focal point of their promotional materials. Prints (24” x 36”) of the portraits are part of a traveling art exhibition that began at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sullivan Galleries' exhibit: "A Lived Practice, A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action" (9/20/14 - 12/20/14).