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Remembrance, Venice Beach, California, 2012

A three story high mural honoring the memory of a local singer cleverly works its way down the side of an apartment building in Venice Beach. Most of the mural is out of my frame – I abstract it by incongruously including just the singer’s legs as they flow out of the vines that cover the entrance to the adjoining building. A rising foot acts as the pivot for the entire mural – it seems to rise from a cluster of ornamental grasses. The scale contrast is also incongruous, while the colors of the blouse and trousers work well with the square blue-gray tiles of the adjoining entrance walk.

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Phil Douglis02-Sep-2012 23:08
Thanks, Iris, for this comment. It is a striking mural, and by abstracting it in this way, I make it feel more universal, and less specific to the person who is commemorated here. The mural honors a local singer known as "Teena Marie." You can read about her here:

And you can see the entire mural, photographed by a local tour company, here:
Iris Maybloom (irislm)01-Sep-2012 23:46
Another interesting mural. Your time away from the boardwalk was very productive. The apparent size of the mural makes it feel important and by abstracting it as you did, it makes me more curious about who this singer was, what she looked like and why she is painted so grandly on this particular wall.
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