Friday, January 27, 2006

Quote: Sophie Calle

Calle"I saw him for the first time in December 1985, at a lecture he was giving. I found him attractive, but one thing bothered me: he was wearing an ugly tie. The next day I anonymously sent him a thin brown tie. Later, I sent him in a restaurant; he was wearing it. Unfortunately, it clashed with his shirt. I was then that I decided to take on the task of dressing him from head to toe: I would send him one article of clothing every year at Christmas. In 1986, he received a pair of silk grey socks; in 1987, a black alpaca sweater; in 1988, a white shirt; in 1989, a pair of gold-plated cufflinks; in 1990, a pair of boxer shorts with a Christmas-tree pattern; nothing in 1991; and in 1992, a pair of grey trousers. Someday, when he is fully dressed by me, I would like to be introduced to him."
--from artist Sophie Calle, An Appointment with Sigmund Freud (Thames & Hudson, 1999)


  1. Brilliant quote!

    And so strangely apt. My best friend has made a career of re-dressing her boyfriends. Gentle steering, I believe.

    I'm totally waiting for someone to re-outfit me.

  2. Keguro, you have a preference for the type of outfit, though, right?

    Calle is a marvel, really. I am going to post more on her work soon, I hope.