Hallie Watson

Plate,Spoon and Napkin

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  l
aced 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 bo
wls are still the same. The soup has probably improved ( it is Szechwan carrot soup) and I am luxuriously corsetless.