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artist as model as laurie as applechildlike INNOCENCE
I poked around for image ideas. I seem to have been an artist's model many times over the years, and I found that theme sort of funny, since I'm supposed to be an artist myself. So, I'm attaching some jpg scans of some stuff. The first one is a watercolor portrait of me done by my Grandma Doug, who lived to be 99-1/2. She did a series of 4 paintings of the first 4 (out of 6) kids in our family. My older sister, Debbie, was a walnut, my older brother, Larry (or Dougie at the time) was a banana (hmmmmm), I was an apple, and Kerry was a pineapple. She wrote poems and taped them to the back of each painting, but I can't find mine. h
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Here I am at the lake house in Morganton, NC, posing for my friend, Raymond (the photographer and baker). I look like Burt Lancaster in "Here to Eternity." waters of life
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ARTIST AS MODEL AS...AS.......RICHIE RICH
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Here I am as part of "miss x presents camino del oro" by Ruth Ava Lyons ©1988.

Ruth spray painted all this common stuff gold, then piled it onto wheeled carts and grocery baskets (also sprayed gold) and hauled the stuff up and down Tryon street during a Charlotte gallery crawl night. It was hilarious, but you know, everything really looked RICH. Amazing what a little gold spray paint can do. After it was over, one of the neighborhood homeless guys who had been helping pull carts begged her to let him keep the gold shopping cart, which she did. He stuck one of the gold spray painted plastic yard rooster on the front of the cart. They asked me to model with her piece because they knew I already had the fake gold lameé pantsuit. I did all these stupid body building poses, then afterwards we walked across the street from their studio to this tiny redneck bar. They clapped for us (all 6 people in the bar) when we walked in. It was embarrassing because I didn't think anyone was watching. Then I looked up at the TV in the corner, and there was a female body building contest on. Too bizarre.
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This image was a combined effort of Tom Thoune and Raymond Grubb (same Raymond as before). I'd just broken up with my boyfriend of 3 years, and so I decided to rent a nun's costume for halloween. Raymond took lots of photos, then Tom made a three-paneled wooden icon for me, with this painted photo (with real gold leaf) of me in the center and images of Tom and Raymond on either side. I keep it on my dresser. laurie as nun
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LAURIE KIND OF BUT MORE MARTHA WHO WAS SUSIE BUT IS NOW BENZING NOT STEVENSON
This was part of a real art project called "Becoming Saints" that I did with Martha Benzing (originally Susie Stevenson). She had been invited to be in an art book show at a little gallery in Soho. We did a whole fake book about our attempt to become saints, complete with a signed postcard from John Paul that had been mailed from Italy, childhood photos, photos of us measuring the Empire State building, pages from a book detailing requirements for living sainthood, etc. It was Martha's idea . . . but ah halped! This "newspaper" article was the beginning page.
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SAINTHOOD, I COULD SEE IT WAS A JOB FOR TWO PEOPLE

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I swear, I JUST NOW looked at Marta's page. I had NO idea you'd made her into a nun! (Her page is fantastic, I love it) It's a strange coincidence that I sent you not one, but TWO images with me as a nun. That's what I get for being slack about keeping up with the website. Sorry. . . no need to be redundant! I have another image I'll send you instead. I have a portrait that Tom Thoune did of me with a big blue bouffant hairdo and cigarette butt necklace and earrings, with foil candy wrappers in the background and "Douglas butt" shapes in the corners of the frame. It's really beautiful. I have to take a polaroid of it first so I can scan it. . . I'll send it tomorrow.

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laurie with cigarette necklace This is the portrait Tom Thoune did of me. You can't see very well, but the necklace and earrings are cigarette butts.

ARTIST AS MODEL MODELING AS VACATIONER
This is a little watercolor that Tim made a couple of years ago when we were at the beach in Long Island.bathing beauty laurie LAURIE LAURIE LAURIE
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