This sculpture has the capacity to be worn as well as to be displayed as a relic, a discarded shell, a shedded skin. Wearables hold a capacity to take on the role of the other and impart an understanding of other’s perspectives. Activating the world beyond the self, wearables are mode of exploring the boundaries where a person ‘ends’ and something else begins: the collective body. Wearables function as a visible symbol of a self-construct and as a nonverbal method of communicating values to others. I use costumes as catalysts for shifting assumptions about sense and nonsense, conditioning portals of play, transformation, and reinvention of identity.
Machine-knit yarn, deconstructed bike tires, acrylic, vinyl.
Approximately 70x30x30 inches.
Installation dimensions variable.
Whitebox Gallery. Portland, OR. May 2015