Say you’re planning a show of antique children’s costumes. You know, Little Red Riding Hood. Martha Washington. A Maltese water carrier. But you want to jazz it up a little———–after all, this is 2013. Who you gonna call?
The Philadelphia Museum called CandyCoated, a local artist who works in silkscreen, ceramics, and assorted decorative elements. She used to be Candy Depew, but I have to assume that just didn’t convey the spirit of her creations.
CandyCoated created an installation for the exhibition. She called her design “a patchwork”—which is a lot like a collage.
“When you are in the gallery,” she elaborated, ” it’s pattern everywhere. And eventually you will be lost in the gallery, you will be absorbed into it.”
Wallpapers were made from giant silk-screened ribbons. Screen printing popped up all over. Vinyl decals and ceramic gems decorated the walls.
Designs painted on the wall came from 18th century cartouches, which were ornamental map drawings. Candy did them drippy.
“The original way of doing things with your hands has the real magic in it,” Candy says. “And if people think that art is not about magic…I don’t know…’Cause I really think that it is.”
Candy uses a lot of symbols over and over, like diamonds, in different shapes and colors. “I really like cute stuff–flowers, hearts, kitty cats.” The way she does it makes “cute” sophisticated.
Kind of like Kay Thompson singing “Think Pink.”
The exhibition just ended, but for more CandyCoated magic, visit her website.
For videos about the creation of the installation, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art website.