Fashion Memories (2017-2019)  

Immersion in the Roman Pool with Italian Wedding Cookies, 2019, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board

Meeting Minerva in Rome, 2019, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board

The Warmth of La Mere Poulard, 2019, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board

In the Garden of the Vestal Virgins, 2018, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board

Visiting the Vestal Virgin in Spring, 2018, 14"x18" oil on garments upon board, in private collection

Her Favorite Patisserie, 2018, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board, in private collection

Singalunga 8pm, 2017, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board

Walk Among Roman Trees on Friday, 2017, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board

Sacred Spirit of Toscana, 2018, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board

Siena in Summer, 2017, 14"x18", oil on garments upon board

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Series Descriptor: Fashion Memories

Accenting remembrances and fantasies of travels and dress, the paintings in this series, Fashion Memories, activate blouses, chemises, even lingerie from Rust’s wardrobe in low-relief to poetically explore the principals of mood and atmosphere by capturing the essence of a place. The work evokes insight as viewers are asked to peer into the private, intimate spaces of apparel Rust has coaxed from her closet. Not only do the singular feminine shirt-like veneers synthesize an analysis of surface, they consider the relationship one has with one’s clothes. Just as wearing certain apparel can inspire its wearer, the paintings’ romantic vignettes invite viewers to be transported to distant moments in time or faraway lands.