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)
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.
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 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.
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.