Recently I’ve had to turn down quite a few awesome theme shows, in order to focus on my 2-person show in May. But I just couldn’t pass up the upcoming all-girl show, a collaboration between HelloGiggles (founded by Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, & Molly McAleer) & Gallery 1988 entitled Young Adult. The show is geared towards a younger female crowd, with all pieces based on various book series, including The Baby-Sitters Club, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, and Goosebumps.
I spent my pre-teen summers reading literally all of these series, as far into them as my middle-school years would deem socially acceptable. For my piece, I ultimately decided on Sweet Valley High, because at age 11, I had an older cousin who gave me over 30 of her old SVH books. Even though my mom told me they were too old for me, I read them anyways.. thinking I was reading a taboo, adult series of some kind. Anyway, I loved them, and would constantly flip back to the covers as I read, checking out the hair styles and clothes they were wearing.
I wanted to do a piece that reinterpreted that famous, circular illustrated cover that usually portrayed Jessica & Elizabeth Wakefield in various dramatic poses. It’s painted on a circular wood panel, with Flashe paint, and is sealed under a layer of resin. The show opens in LA on February 2nd.
Jessica and Elizabeth
initial color sketch:
invite for show: