Wearing Others

Wearing Others
Wearing Others
Wearing Others

Size: 10″ x 7″

Materials: Notebook paper & pencil

This is based on a dream I had where I was standing in an earthen pit, a bit deeper than I am tall. Behind me stood my father. Behind him, his father. Behind him, his father. I am lucky to have known them all. I think it was implied in the dream image that the line went on forever and that I was only momentarily at the front. But actually, I do not have children, so I am the end of the line.

Drift, 2011

Clothing Sculpture: Drift, 2011 (from street)

The clothing is sorted by color and arranged in the order of the spectrum. The piece starts and ends with blue, which forms the bottom and top layer, visible from inside the gallery. The clothing is rolled into whorls and layered, forming colorful striations viewable from the street. Both exposed cross-sections hover 12 inches before the storefront window. The design is inspired by the cross-section of various natural forms including snow drifts, swelling waves and rock faces.

This piece was created as a special project for the show: ”No Waste” at Columbia College, Chicago, IL. It would have never happened without the persistence of the curator Arti Sandhu and the gallery director Jennifer Murray. We had some hoops to jump through, one of them being the sourcing of 2.5 tons of clothing. USAgain, a national textile recycling company, rose to the occasion. Thanks to Rasham Grewal for believing in the project. Once we had the 2.5 tons, Columbia sent over an engineer and a fire warden. In the end, we got the green light, but not before they reinforced the gallery floor from w/in the basement. 4 days and about 50 helpers later (thanks Caroline Ross and Nicole Kurily!), the piece was done.

We created a companion piece together. You can see that here.

Approximate Size:
8.5′ x 17′ x 8.5′ (H x W x D)

5,000 pounds of second-hand clothing, wood & hardware

Drift Companion, 2011

Clothing Sculpture: Drift Companion, 2011

This corner sculpture is a companion piece to Drift from the same year. Drift was created with the assistance of students at Columbia College, Chicago, where it was installed. The design of Drift did not utilize any monochromatic clothing. At the end of the installation, my assistants were unhappy about that, feeling like a sort of injustice had occurred. I suggested they create their own piece with the monochromatic clothing. In the end, a compromise was reached whereby I designed this piece and they fabricated it with some assistance. We were all really happy with the result.

Approximate Size:
5′ x 5′ x 5′ (H x W x D)

Approximately 150 pounds of monochromatic second-hand clothing

Circuit, 2011

Shoe Sculpture: Circuit, 2011

33 pairs of shoes, daisy-chained together, forming an oval. One pair of shoes is removed, enabling the audience to literally “step up” and “close the loop”. While standing in the opening, the participant completes the oval. Every other lace is white, thus forming a dotted line, delineating this connectivity.

This piece was commissioned by TOMS Shoes. With every pair purchased, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. ONE FOR ONE.™ For more information visit TOMS.com

Approximate Size:
5″ x 6.6″ x 10’ (H x W x D)

Shoes, laces

Galaxy, 2011

Clothing Sculpture: Galaxy, 2011 (detail)

60 scarves are sewn together, end-to-end and wound into a tight spiral. The individual garments are compressed into a single mass, a symbolic gesture that explores the conflicted space between society and the individual, a space that is ceaselessly broken and reconstituted (Hegel).

This piece was commissioned by PAi

Paramount Apparel International, Inc (PAi) was founded in 1929, and has become a leading headwear, apparel and accessories designer and supplier to many channels of distribution in the United States and internationally. For more
information visit PAIfashion.com

Approximate Size:
8″ x 32″ x 32″ (H x W x D)

Scarves, thread, leather belts

Installation Study, Exterior, University of Maryland, 2010

Clothing Sculpture: Installation Study, exterior, 2010

This drawing was done in preparation for a solo show at The University of MD.

9″ x 12″

140 lb. white paper and pencil