Mums the Word, Part 2

Awhile back I talked about the Texas tradition of high schoolers giving each other mums – an elaborate corsage – for homecoming.  Nancy Newberry did a series a photographs of students with their mums around their homes and they are really well done.  She said the following about the series:

Artificial, shiny and virtually unknown outside of Texas, the Homecoming Mum is an elaborate corsage, exchanged between friends and lovers. They are ritually worn and subsequently immortalized, tacked to bedroom walls as trophies. At a time when many American high schoolers seem purposefully disengaged from the world around them, the Mum constitutes both a unique act of cultural immersion and a specific brand of folk art.

Shot slowly and inspired by an interpretation of my memories, I have limited the settings of the photographs to in and around the subject’s homes. In this very personal space, I pair spontaneous and carefully arranged moments to construct chaos; my interest is in the struggle between self and culture, the real and the perceived. With the extravagance of adornment and insignia the work continues to explore ceremony and commonplace.

Click through the link below to see them:

Nancy Newberry

(Once you click through, you have to click overthe right side of the picture to see the next one).


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