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Michelle Friars

Kandi Kids

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Carbon pencil and pan pastel on paper

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16 x 16 in

406.4 x 406.4 mm

40.6 x 40.6 cm

0.4064 x 0.4064 meter

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Artwork Description
Description
Close-in portraits of two women dressed up for a rave, wearing armloads of plastic bead bracelets and making heart symbols with their hands. 
Collection Statement
Kandi Kids is part of  a series of drawings about affirmative image and identity. 

We are so confronted with images and actions of despicable, appalling groups that it’s easy to overlook the many positive associations formed voluntarily around a diversity of interests by people who share them. From steampunks to sports fans to servers at mass, we set ourselves apart from the multitude while declaring our special group allegiance through clothing, symbol and ritual, much as humans have done from time immemorial.

The women in this particular drawing are Kandi Kids, members of one of the many groups in the rave scene who come together to dance and party. They wear elaborate plastic pony bread jewelry, called kandi, made specifically for gatherings where it’s traded with a ritual exchange based on their motto of Peace, Love, Unity & Respect or PLUR. 

There is much to admire about Kandi Kid culture as a body positive, fully inclusive group whose only requirement for membership is a willingness to practice PLUR. 
Artist Information
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Michelle Friars is an artist living on an island in the Salish Sea. Her background as an art historian specializing in medieval and 14th c Italian left her with a love of pictorial narrative and a fascination with tales of mystery and the miraculous. She tries to reflect that sensibility in her art, something she hopes will entice viewers to invent stories of their own. She loves the intensity of works in black & white and sees drawings as an end in themselves not merely a step on the way to painting. 
She is an alum of Columbia University and the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy in Seattle. Her drawings and photographs have appeared in galleries, museums and publications across the US. 
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