About the Artist
How do you interpret ‘Ready to wear’ in your work?
Evacuation routes and preparedness sirens and drills, Fire or Flood Jacket is ready to wear and provides me the opportunity to reflect on notions of home, adaptability, and perceptions of safety. Climate change extremes, longer fire seasons and rising waters are part of my conversation. Through this work I am reaching for security as a state of mind, being resourceful, adaptable and safe in my choices of insecurity. This is preparation and acceptance that goes beyond the disaster kit that may or may not be handy or within reach when danger presents itself.
Housedress explores whom I relate to in my community. Within this piece is my somber acknowledgement of the fact that I relate to and gravitate toward a community that I can never really be a part of. The house structures on Housedress, are similar to shantytowns with shared walls and barely held together roofs. I relate to these structures in part because they exist via a resourcefulness that is not visible in other communities. I feel connected to this community, yet will always be separate. Like the clothing I wear, I am of it, but not truly. Housedress is wearable, part of me for a brief moment. I can be in it and of it and it can provide a temporary sense of shelter and belonging. Within this work is the search for my community and my yearning to belong.
Mattress Poncho is an exaggerated in size and shape hooded poncho sewn using the fabric from discarded street-side, woods-found mattresses. Visible on the piece is the wear-and-tear, various stains and moments of repair. It is quilted, thick, heavy and doublesided. Mattress Poncho becomes a garment, a wearable bed of sorts. The performative aspect of this work, a full series, involves spending time on and at many sites of discarded mattresses found at various locations. Mattress Poncho and mattress/site merge together to some extent via materials, and inserts the body back into these vacant liminal spaces.