Fashion Plate Statement
Considering wrongful convictions, fingerprinting, and how we access an iPhone with a thumbprint, I developed an idea fixe. I began copying images of fingerprints found online, reproducing them by hand. A Google image search for famous fingerprints shows: 1. Walt Disney, 2. Ted Bundy, 3. Malcolm X, 4. Richard Nixon. While making facsimile fingerprints, I was stymied by the absence of women. Search results for “fingerprints of women” proved nearly identical to my initial prompt: the first identified woman, Rosa Parks, appeared in 120th place. In response, I put out a call for fingerprints of creative women and began Fashion Plate.
The series title refers to 17c. engravings of the same name. Showcasing trends and style options, these early advertisements depict a woman in a dress, with actual silk or velvet collaged within dress lines.
Each 2017 Fashion Plate has four components. First, in a nod to china painting tradition, imagery is appropriated. In the margins, I add personal, historical, and political details about women and fashion. These are small, nearly unseen. Industrial strength glow in the dark paint is applied and plates glow all night. Verso, each has a facsimile of women’s fingerprints as backstamp, the maker’s mark traditionally found on ceramics. Fashion Plate focuses on women’s experiences and provides balance for The Last Supper, which necessarily prioritizes male experience because men are almost exclusively subjects of capital punishment in the U.S.
Julie Green 2018
Inquires: Upfor Gallery