In An Airplane Lavatory, Artist Creates Flemish-Style Self-PortraitsBy Design Taxi Apr 11, 2012 6:31AM UTC
To pass time during a long-haul flight, US-based artist Nina Katchadourian spends time in the lavatory creating Flemish-like costumes using toilet paper, tissue paper and tissue paper toilet seat covers.
In her self-portrait series, entitled “Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style”, Katchadourian made several trips to the bathroom from her seat on the plane, to create Flemish-style costumes and photograph them with her camera phone.
“While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture. I decided to add more images made in this mode and planned to take advantage of a long-haul flight from San Francisco to Auckland, guessing that there were likely to be long periods of time when no one was using the lavatory on the 14-hour flight.” She wrote.
“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 images are shot hand-held with the camera phone.”