The "Lipstick" photo project from the 90s was created by American multidisciplinary artist Stacy Greene and consists of a series of 20" x 24" close ups of used lipsticks. Each print is titled with the name of the lipstick's owner and is distinguished by their striking variations in level of use, texture, finish and condition, arising from the owners’ individual techniques of application. The series reveals how an ordinary object and everyday ritual can be transformed into a work of art, in this case a tiny masterpiece created by an unlikely sculptor.
ROSIE (the tube that started it all)
Greene was inspired to create this series after a night at the Whitney Biennial. Her friend Rosie dropped a tube of lipstick from her purse, which Greene helped her pick up. Upon inspection of the lipstick, she remarked its unique shape.
Greene has joked, "Rosie’s lipstick excited me more than anything I had seen at the Whitney and sparked this photographic work."
This single tube of lipstick made Green curious as to the status of the current lipsticks being used by her other friends. And thus “Lipsticks, 1992” was born.
In an effort to remain true to the subject, Stacy photographed each one exactly as they were given to her. In some shots you can see specks of dust, lint, small strands of hair, and remnants of other colours some of the lipsticks were layered over.
Let's review the rest of the images, to see what patterns and methods of use we can detect!
THE FLAT VARIETY
THE SLANTED VARIETY
THE POINTED VARIETY
THE TWIRLED VARIETY
THE WELL LOVED VARIETY
I'm curious to see whose lipstick resembles yours the most? Personally I would say that mine looks like a Stacy but by the end turns into an Amy.