Consider this project an eclectic mixtape, but rather than music, it’s focused around imagery. What started off as drawing commonalities between the gradient background of a Genghis Khan portrait and an image from a 1996 Issey Miyake runway show began my project juxtaposing images that are not necessarily similar in subject, but have links in their coloring, shapes, and evoked moods. For me, the bulk of my inspiration and vision trace back to fashion, be it a SoundCloud discovery as a potential Balenciaga soundtrack or a DMV lineup as an imagined setting for a shot by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Nippon. I wanted the worlds of my inspirations — art, fashion, music — to become more interconnected than ever and to create possible mood boards that my treasured visionaries might have used when creating the very works that are now an integral core of my aesthetic vision.
Trinh T. Minh-ha and Lil’ Kim are two incredibly important women of color who have been successful in their respective fields. Trinh T. Minh-ha, an independent filmmaker and composer among many other titles, and Lil’ Kim, an iconic rapper, seamlessly join in these black and white shots of each of them working in the studio.
Upon reading about i-sopod’s sensory deprivation tanks, I became interested and wanted to know more about their revolutionary technology. In doing so, I came across a promotional photo of someone lying in a purple-hued tank that reminded me of a scene from Enter the Void when Paz de la Huerta lay down on a lit floor and appeared in silhouette.
3) Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (1998) x Gisele Bündchen at Dolce & Gabbana (1998)
This shot of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a 1998 studio that had her sitting in a pine tree wearing a metallic dress very much recalled Gisele Bündchen at a 1998 Dolce & Gabbana runway show.
4) Keisha Epps in “I Can’t” (1999) x Yasmin Warsame at Christian Dior (2004)
Featured with the musical group Total in Foxy Brown’s video for the single “I Can’t,” Keisha Epps wore an oversized lilac coat and heavy eye shadow, a sister look to Yasmin Warsame at Dior Fall/Winter 2004.
5) “I Smell You On My Clothes” by Helmut Lang and Jenny Holzer (1997) x “Body Language” by Martin Kruck (2008)
Jenny Holzer and Helmut Lang’s collaboration was aimed at dimensions of body and skin. Helmut Lang shaped an inner room by various means, among which was smell recalling human skin, with Jenny Holzer’s text placed on top. Years later, Martin Kruck’s project, “Body Language,” reworked Jenny and Helmut’s collaboration by literalizing their work. “Body Language” embedded outlines of words onto human skin, leaving nothing but the remnants of the word and visible skin irritation.
(Photos credited within text)