Sidney MacDonald Russell

Region: Pacific Coast


 I make outsized clothing that I then paint. It is, at the same time, general and specific. Public and intimate. Common and also unique. Clothes are ordinary objects in our lives. Clothing is attached to a specific time, day, or time of your life, or memory. Clothing is something that can bring up deep associations between the wearer and the past, or the present. It is a cartoon, a template, a pattern without meaning until it is worn. The goal for me is to give these art pieces ambiguity, context, and mystery. Clues to the artist’s purpose are in the scale and the imagery.

Clothing is the march of time. It is taking stock of our days as they progress, one after another. The clothing pieces are portraits of people I know and also self-portraits.