Plush Decay means dying with fullness.
Plush Decay’s March installment was inspired by a vision I had at Woodland Pattern’s annual poetry marathon in January. I was in the audience, sitting right behind Brenda Cardenas and Roberto Harrison, who are essentially Milwaukee poetry’s Beyonce and Jay Z, feeling so blessed to be around such talent. Suddenly I saw a brief vision of Roberto, styled in eccentric clothing, sitting on a log and speaking a poem, with a regal Brenda resting her hand on his shoulder. After that particular poetry hour, I asked them both if they’d model for me, and they said yes.
I asked a few more talented people, ones who had an interesting look about them and a passion for the spoken word. I contacted the Skrauss, a man of distinct style and sometimes poet, as well as Molly Corkins, an actress, and Valerie Lighthart, a young hyphenate who I knew wrote her own songs and screenplays.
I asked the amazing film photographer Caroline Dare to shoot it, and the young talented Emry Brisky to film the spoken words. We met up at Shorewood Nature Preserve on an unnaturally warm winter day. The Skrauss surprised us by bringing paper mache animal heads made by his friend, a Milwaukee ex pat artist named Matt Luther. Models arrived with their own pieces, and I additionally styled them with a few of my own and a few pieces from local vintage seller Ladies of the Loon.
With these shoots I aim to bring together various players from different artistic communities in Milwaukee, and to introduce you, the viewer, to the stars of our complex and beautiful city.
Check the videos and gallery below - and at the end, links are provided for more information on the models and talent behind this shoot.
The Skrauss: https://www.patreon.com/TheSkrauss
Molly Corkins: http://www.jaredmcdaris.com/?p=4641
Valerie Lighthart: valerielighthart.wixsite.com/valerielighthart
Caroline Dare: http://creepycarol.com
Emry Brisky: https://vimeo.com/user12151589