Artist's Uniform #3: The Year I Wore My Catholic School Uniform From Kindergarten to Eighth Grade (USA/STA Red, White, & Blue)

(11/04/2004-08/01/2005)

Linked to the idea of “starting over” or a “new beginning”, Artist's Uniform #3: The Year I Wore My Catholic School Uniform From Kindergarten to Eighth Grade (USA/STA Red, White, and Blue) was an optimistic gesture towards attracting major change in my life. Because Artist’s Uniform is temporally linked to the length of time I wore a school uniform/dress code in childhood (13 years), my first uniform became a departure point for AU#3. From 1982 to 1992, at St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix, AZ, I went to school in navy blue corduroy pants and red, white, or blue (robin’s egg or navy) short-sleeved collared shirts. All sweaters or jackets also had to be solid red, white, or blue.

Naturally I decided to start this project on Election Day (November 2, 2004), with the hopes that America would elect a new president and propel us in a different direction. To mark this event, and add a nostalgic 80’s twist, I purchased a red heather knit cotton sweater with a large American flag to wear to my neighborhood polling place in Los Angeles. (The stars look more like upside-down fleurs-de-lys or dying/diving doves than the five-sided symbol for the states, which should have been a sign for the times to come…) In February 2005, I decided to leave Los Angeles and move to South Boston. This year did mark a lot of new beginnings, like my first teaching positions and a year full of art shows. AU #3 ended in Los Angeles on my 27th birthday (August 2, 2005) while installing a new artwork about my “move”.

At St. Thomas The Apostle Armory Pass for Murray Guy Edward Everett Kindergarten