Talking Dresses

Cows with names produce more milk. Why is that? Researchers believe that being treated as an individual makes the difference.

So I’ve given all of my Muy Marcottage dresses names — words or phrases to make them dialectical. In other words, Talking Dresses.

I’ve always enjoyed combining the written with the visual. Years and years ago when I was still living in Texas and making huge paintings, I always “framed” the image with phrases Edward Hicks style.

Edward Hicks

Peaceable Kingdom

And when I started focusing more on drawing be it using a pencil or using a mouse, I incorporated the written word even more.


 “Surrender” computer drawing (using mouse)

The Catholic Church has such a huge artistic patrimoney due, in part, to the fact that the image was used to propagate their teachings. Just think of Giotto’s affrescoes in Assisi or Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The Protestants, aided by Gutenburg, relied, instead, on the written word of the Bible. Eventually, when the emphasis was selling a product and not a religion, image and word were mated. Commerce has done more to create change than we often realize.

The combination of word with image really took off in the 1800’s with the beginning of advertising. Newspapers began using drawings to make their message more immediate.

The affiché is where the profane goes sacred the most blatant example being that of Toulouse-Lautrec.


Toulouse-Lautrec , Jules Chéret & affiché via


Toulouse-Lautrec, while living in Paris, hung-out in the Montmarte area and was frequently at the Moulin Rouge. Intrigued by the dancers, he began drawing them and these drawings eventually led to publicity posters. Thanks to the technology of lithography, these posters were made in huge quantities and then splattered around town. And, violà, the introduction of a new art form.

The Paris-educated teacher, Rudolph Töpffer, is generally credited with creating the first graphic novel. Born in Geneva in 1799, Töpffer liked to entertain his students by drawing caricatures. He made so many of them that he decided  to make complete narratives by adding words to the images.


Rudolph Töpffer’s “Histoire de Mr. Vieux Bois

There are many WAYS OF SEEING therefore, there can be no standardization of perception.

This said, I would like to go back now to my Muy Marcottage dresses. These dresses are not just objects, they are also ideas.

They hope to be dialectical in that, via the words or phrases sewn onto them, an exchange is provoked. Muy Marcottage dresses want to interrelate with who wears them, with who sees them.

dialectical6Muy Marcottage


Marcottage is a French term used for plant propagation — taking one plant to make another. Rodin’s “The Fallen Angel” is an example of marcottage in that Rodin took pieces from one sculpture to make another sculpture. And, since I take existing clothes to make others, I decided to call my reconstructed clothes “Marcottage”. But one day, while listing to The Kumbia Kings, I decided to add the “muy” meaning “a lot”. Thus Muy Marcottage.

Muy Marcottage

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