I was gifted a little black book from the 1940's. It was entirely blank. I decided to keep the meaning of the “little black book” in mind (secret records, clandestine rendezvous, amorous possibilities, etc.) and began filling its pages with intimate drawings.
Taking into account how it may have actually been used in the 40s, I was spurred to research the history of the “little black book” and its modest beginnings. From its inception in 1700s London - basically one man's list of the best lovers around town - to the US in the 40s, where the book took on a more personal, diary-like role. As such – and since my book was dated 1941 - I wanted to fill it with the intimate scenes behind the names or notes that could have potentially been written on its pages. Through my illustrations, I wanted to attempt to convey the innocence that comes to mind when we think of the past. More often than not, I think we tend to believe that things were somehow simpler “back then.” While that may have been the case in some instances, it was likely not necessarily ever simpler when it came to love. I think my drawings reflect that mixed perception. Seemingly simple at first, but complicated once you get down to it. Each wooden frame is handmade and covered with book cloth, mimicking its inspiration and enticing the viewer into an act of voyeurism… They, too, are now in on the secret.