Artistry

Every once in a while I run into something that is just too cool not to share and this newspaper article below is one of those times. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

aeroplane lavatory (with only toilet paper at her disposal)

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 20:41 EST, 11 April 2012 | UPDATED: 22:15 EST, 11 April 2012

There’s many ways to pass the time on a long flight, reading, watching films, listening to music or in Nina Katchadourian’s case, recreating art in the toilet.

Using just the materials at her disposal and her mobile phone, the artist was able to snap self-portraits in the same style of Flemish Renaissance portraits.

On a 14-hour flight from San Francisco to Auckland, Katchadourian realised that there would be long periods of time when the lavatory would be empty.

ca. 1445 --- Portrait of a Young Woman by Rogier van der Weyden -
Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style

Improvisation: Artist Nina Katchadourian, right, used only the materials at her disposal in the plane bathroom to recreate 15th century portraits similar to the painting pictured on the right

The artist made several trips to the bathroom in which she adorned herself with paper towels and took self-portraits in the same style of the 15th Century artThe artist made several trips to the bathroom in which she adorned herself with paper towels and took self-portraits in the same style of the 15th Century art
Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style PhotogrSeat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style Photographsaphs
Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style Photographs

The collection ‘Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style’ is part of a larger project called Seat Assignment that began two years ago

She made several trips to the bathroom in which she adorned herself with paper towels and took self-portraits in the same style of the 15th Century art.

Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style Photographs
Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style Photographs
 The project involves making art while in flight, using only the artist’s phone and what she can find around her.
Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style Photographs
Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style Photographs
Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style Photographs

The artist used her thin black scarf as a background by hanging up on the lavatory wall

The artist, who was born and raised in Stanford, California, said she was inspired to create the photographs after randomly taking a picture on another flight.

‘I spontaneously put a toilet set cover on my head and looked in the mirror and thought, wow, I look like a painting. It was like an extreme form of improvisation.’ she said.

‘I was wearing a thin black scarf that I sometimes hung up on the wall behind me to create the deep black ground that is typical of these portraits.

‘There is no special illumination in use other than the lavatory’s own lights and all the images are shot hand-held with the camera phone.’ she writes on her website.

And be sure and check out her website posted on the photographs above. Nina K. has many more photos of her work. She is awesome and it just goes to show you that art is everywhere.

http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/photography/sa-flemish.php

http://www.thepottymouthbook.com

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