You know how a familiar song can immediately take you back to an earlier time in your life? Like when you hear a certain song on the radio and you're suddenly at that high school dance as the song fills up the auditorium. The music is a time machine. I've been transported back to drives down dark highways, to my college apartment listening to a song on repeat, and to road trips with with friends as we sing along to the radio. Something similar happens to me when I see several of my illustrations because they instantly trigger memories of what I was listening to or watching when I painted it. Memory is a funny thing.
A lot of my illustrations remind me of specific places or memories or people. But this illustration of a vintage dress form doesn't remind me of sewing or fabric (or the unfinished dress I started making last year that is still in pieces in the cabinet... but maybe it should!). Instead, this illustration reminds me of Julia Roberts and Mystic Pizza. Random? Yes. But that was what I was watching when I painted it. Although I had seen the movie years before, I had no real memory of the storyline, other than the obvious fact that they worked at a pizza place. It was fun to rediscover it again while painting the dress form, even if I was more focused on the illustration than the movie. I love TV shows and having the ability to get invested in characters and stories over the long term. But there is also something powerful about being swept away into a story for 2 hours, briefly identifying with the characters or situations, and then being dropped on the other side and leaving it all behind. ...And then later being reminded of those things in random and unexpected ways.
Movies, friendship, young love, pizza. Thanks to Mystic Pizza, those are the things I think of when I see this dress form illustration, and that's not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all.