Last week, we began posting clips from Fay's Twelve Days of Christmas on our Facebook page. Here, WW remembers making the video...
The Twelve Days of Christmas features Fay and three of her offspring, Chundo, Batty and Crooky, playing the archetypal American family of four. This video also introduces Buster, a Boston terrier, as Fay's own dog.
This video is anchored around the weimaraner numbers in much the same way as Alphabet Soup was with the dog alphabet. To this day I get questions about how I trained the dogs to fall into the letter and number shapes so perfectly, a secret I am happy to share with anyone...but not now.
A significant departure from my earlier videos was the degree to which we used outside help. Jeff Smith from Boston designed and built Santa's workshop and Fay's house, and my sister Pam from Maine designed and constructed the elf costumes.
Some of you have written to me curious about my my musical background. I'm self taught! I wrote and performed all the songs in the video (while in the shower).
This year, William Wegman has partnered with Light Work, a Syracuse not-for-proft art center, in creating a new photographic edition to benefit the organization. Light Work recently celebrated 25 years of helping artists gain access to dark rooms, exhibition spaces, as well as hosting a prestigious artist-in-residence program.
Cross Training, 2005 was originally a polaroid of WW's dog Penny. This edition is a silver gelatin print.