The Homeslice (artist Sarah Viles) recently rocked Bend’s art culture scene with live fashion show a transformed MadHappy Lounge.
If you went to The Homeslice show you may have thought you fell down the rabbit hole fell all the way to L.A. or some wonderl populated by dolls, sexy Native American braves cartoon inspired fashion art. The show kicked-off with the models arriving in Vintage Cars, walking a red carpet posing in front of a black white cartoon backdrop. Once inside, they strutted their stuff on a cat walk in a transformed Madhappy Lounge featuring The Homeslice’s special blend of native, folk-art meets pop culture collage/mixed-media pieces jewelry.
The Homeslice, given name Sarah Viles, is originally from Prineville, but spent almost a decade in Los Angeles working in the movie industry as a stylist production manager before returning to her roots in central Oregon. While in L.A. Viles owned her own boutique, Lavish, in Hollywood. She never forgot her roots however, closed the boutique in 2007 ready to move back to Central Oregon. The urban edginess of L.A. continues to infuse her art, jewelry fashion, but so do her country roots tribal heritage. Her one-of-a-kind creations incorporate vintage comic, edgy traditional her juxtaposition of native, folk-art pop culture elements present delicious irony beauty for contemplation.
Viles was recently asked to contribute a piece to the PUSH skate deck auction benefiting the Division Street Skate Park, where her custom-made comic collage deck earned one of the highest bids of the evening. She has shown her work at The Poet House, Rescue Moderne Consignment other locations, but this was her first official show in Bend. Her jewelry is for sale at Rescue. Her next show will be an intimate showing of her art jewelry at The Nature of Words’ First Friday on August 5 at their downtown literary arts center.
What else is next for The Homeslice? According to Viles, “In the future I plan to express my love for others by pushing art to the masses…..” firstname.lastname@example.org 541-480-4054