Nina Katchadourian is someone we want on our next transatlantic flight! While the rest of us are watching bad romantic comedies and futilely trying to stretch our cramped legs, the artist pops into the airplane bathroom and turns the toilet paper and seat covers into costumes for a series of photos meant to evoke the Flemish Renaissance style. Seriously, who thinks of this?
While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture. I decided to add more images made in this mode and planned to take advantage of a long-haul flight from San Francisco to Auckland, guessing that there were likely to be long periods of time when no one was using the lavatory on the 14-hour flight. I made several forays to the bathroom from my aisle seat, and by the time we landed I had a large group of new photographs entitled Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style.
Even non-experts can recognize Katchadourian’s homage, from the spare black-and-white outfits to her dour expression. But the sleep mask and iPod headphones are also a nice touch.
There are so many more at her site, so make sure you check them out! And here you thought that the most fun you could have on a flight was joining the Mile High Club.
Photos: Nina Katchadourian