Claire Keith is an artist known for her hyperrealism paintings of everyday objects, often in relation to their backgrounds. (Check out works from her recent show at Offramp Gallery here.) This area of interest is in evidence in an early (1979) postcard project of Keith’s. Consisting of photographs of purses, the postcards explore what these simple objects suggest about their owners. (Most of the narratives are made up, but some not.)
What I find most interesting about these “pursecards” is what they unintentionally say about fashion. Shot in the punk era, Keith seems to have selected the purses for their midcentury datedness. But now, many of these purses would be hot vintage items!