Homage á Ricárd: Armor Against Aids By Kyla Milane
“I was given a friend’s 5 photo albums when he died from HIV AIDS in the early ‘90s, because his family did not want them. After keeping them for 20 years, I held a ritual burning of the photos and created this “Armor to protect from Aids” from all the negative and slides from his albums as an homage to a fabulous friend and a nod to the incredible artist he was. The negative strips are “sewn” together using a cassette tape of Hawaiian music, honoring the personal connection we shared with the islands. Richard would be honored to have the images of his life of wild transformations and world travels auctioned to raise funds for art education.”
Kyla Milane chose Bend as her retirement town after living in Santa Fe as a self-employed jeweler. Having earned an MFA in Costume Design in the 80s, and coming from a town that started a Trash Fashion event decades ago, Kyla attended the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show in Bend and was impressed with the quality of garments and the event. She became determined to make pieces for it (she is already planning next year’s submission). Her current business can be found at www.wireweaver.com
Studio Photos by Tambi Lane Photography.