8″ x 16″ open. Boxed Beauty is an assemblage piece in a series I am doing that include books. This one is centered on a book I found at Goodwill that was published in 1955, titled, The Handbook of Beauty.
With “over 100 detailed easy-to-follow illustrations” I wanted to showcase the book in a way that viewers could interact, and see the inside. So, I glued sections together so they would stay stiff and sturdy and used bobby pins to “bookmark” certain pages. Hairstyles, how to apply make up, posture advice and so on. How are we modern women becoming beautiful without this book? 😉
The box lid holds a few tools for the lady, including an antique pin, perfume bottle, some pearls and a compact to check her lipstick with. There is a section of advice under the mirror that tells a lady how proportioned she is supposed to be: “A waistline 7 to 9 inches smaller than your bust.”
The piece can be made to stay open and hang on a wall, or it can be partially open and sit on a shelf. Boxed Beauty is posted for day 29 of Art Every Day Month. By Heather Brush. For sale.