Vickie Pierre, Miami
Song of the Maidenhead, The Heart Doesn’t Lie, 2018
Mixed media assemblage on Miami Marine Stadium seat
32 x 19 x5 inches
My work is informed and inspired by personal history, fantasy, surrealism, popular culture and the decorative and ornamental arts. This inspiration has manifested in years of collecting diverse materials that often serve as muses for two-dimensional paintings and paperworks or as elements within assemblages and installations. With the use of these appropriated source materials, my continued focus is on the exploration of self with references to Haitian and global cultures and mythologies as well as feminine psychology, while concurrently considering feminine and historic tropes relative to contemporary cultural politics.
The assemblage, Song of the Maidenhead, is composed of gender-loaded elements including, mass produced home decorations, vintage perfume bottles and personal jewelry. The work references history, culture and sea mythologies. The combination of re-contextualized elements along with the title constructs a narrative that reflects a historic period while maintaining aesthetic sentiments of femininity, beauty, romanticism and sensuality. Alternately, the composition alludes to the biological and botanical structures of the natural world.