Plate, Spoon and Napkin.
Oil pastel on paper, texted sintra
13.75” x 19.5”
Jan. 29, 2005
Plate,Spoon and Napkin, January 29,2005
Plate, Spoon and Napkin
How wonderful that a cryptic mark on the bottom of our soup bowls could say so much. They were made on September 19, 1871. William Morris was creating his designs from nature. Darwin had published his Origin of Species only twelve years earlier. Whistler had just painted his mother.
In 1871 I would have worn a corset laced up tight. On top of that, a bustle- a wire framework that made a kind of shelf out the back. On top of that the petticoat and then layers of the dress itself. My feet would not show. Certainly not my legs.
Here I am now. The bowls are still the same. The soup has probably improved ( it is Szechwan carrot soup) and I am luxuriously corsetless.