“This wreath symbolizes the cycles of life, death and rebirth,” artist Chip Irvine says. “Working with these concepts in mind, I used a photographic print of dead fish I found walking along the Patapsco River in Canton—cut the photograph, reshaped it, glued new forms together and completely transformed the image into something new.”
Irvine is a multimedia artist—he teaches at Towson and Loyola universities.
Outsider artist Bobby Adams is also the unofficial archivist for director John Waters. His wreath creates a roll call of important Dreamlanders who worked in front of and behind the camera in many of Waters’ films over the years.
Photos also by Bobby Adams. Clockwise, starting with Waters: John Waters, Ricki Lake, Patricia Hearst, Jean Hill, Billy Tolzman, Edith Massey, Vincent Peranio, Chuck Yeaton, Sharon Neisepe, Pat Moran, Cookie Mueller, Divine, David Lochary, George Figgs, Mink Stole, Paul Swift, Mary Vivian Pearce, Bobby Adams, Susan Lowe, Channing Wilroy, Van Smith, Johnny Depp. Adams also designed the wreath that opens this series on p. 84.
“The wreath was inspired by my current art practice that explores the rhythms and movements of the body,” artist Sara Dittrich explains. “I read an interesting text by philosopher Henri Lefebvre that talks about how we understand the world around us through our body. The feet are usually a daily point of physical contact with the world, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into a wreath and simulate the idea of them walking all over the place.”
Dittrich is an interdisciplinary artist living and working primarily in Baltimore, Md.