Burn Baby Burn

October 6, 2010

All the following pictures are of work in progress. In my last exhibition I showed several works which featured dresses applied to the paper surface. I was disappointed in attempts to integrate the clothing into the surface of the pictures but eventually succeeded by burning the surface of the clothing.

OZ Summer Fashions

Back in the studio I decided to pursue this process but also to make the burning a part of the storytelling. I decided to use the story of Miss Havisham from ‘Great Expectations’. I arranged a photo shoot in which I was to portray Miss Havisham but invited my usual male model and decided that he being Jamaican could portray the 1st Mrs Rochester from , ‘Jane Eyre.’ Both women were burnt to death, Miss Havisham in the wedding dress that she had worn for forty years.
Miss Havisham, mixed media A2
Miss Havisham, mixed media A2
The 1st Mrs Rochester, mixed media A2
The 1st Mrs Rochester, mixed media A2The 1st Mrs Rochester, mixed media on plywood 3’x4′ with applied and burnt wedding dress
The 1st Mrs Rochester, mixed media on plywood 3’x4′ with applied and burnt wedding dress.
The 1st Mrs Rochester, mixed media on plywood 3’x4′ with applied and burnt wedding dress
Detail of Burnt Wedding Dress


In a large enough exhibition space I would like to create an installation in which the train of the wedding dress extended into a table top with place settings and wedding cake, all decayed and burnt.

This could possibly include the works of other artists along the lines of, ‘The Dinner Party’ by Judy Chicago.

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party

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2 Responses to “Burn Baby Burn”


  1. Beautiful work. So stunning.

    It’s Havisham. Havi sham not Haversham.


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