Lipstick Art Project (conceptual)

This is the art project by Northern California Artist Cherol Ockrassa.

  • UPDATE: as of May 24. 2018, I have collected over 900 lipsticks. I am suspending the lipstick collection efforts. If you still want to send me your lipsticks, I will continue to receive them, and any I receive going forward will be displayed in a large receptical to represent you, and others, affected by harassment and misconduct.


What’s the finished piece going to be?
It’s really difficult to say exactly what it will look like, not having very many lipstick tubes yet. But here is the concept:

Lipstick is personal, intimate, consumable, feminine, sensual.
How a tube of lipstick is worn down, the color chosen, these things tell a story.
A story unique to the wearer.

So much literature, and so many pop culture references have prominently featured lipstick. Over the years a  mystique has developed around the lipstick tube, and the use of it.

Right now, in a time when we address, so profoundly, the objectification of women in the #metoo movement, it occurs to me that a piece of this nature is an epic opportunity.

Without giving more details away; each lipstick tube will be preserved in its unique state of wear. From mashed up by a child playing dress up, to softly rounded evenly and precisely by the most seasoned and carefully manicured wearer.

Each tube will represent a group of wearers who has for one moment, or countless years, felt judged, valued, used, abused, or otherwise wrongfully considered because of their appearance, or gender.

Thanks for hanging out and reading about my conceptual work. I look forward to you following it’s development, and I hope you are inspired to join the Lipstick Art Project Facebook Group .

The piece will be a featured piece in a larger body of work called #Hashtag.
This body of work will have 8-10 other pieces of art in it.
The show will preview in Northern California in October.
I am currently finalizing the details around this show, and will post them as soon as I firm them up.

Thank you for your support and generosity. The outpouring of support and interest around this work has fed my momentum and made me a better artist.

see you there,