Hanes Her Way 5
I'm keen on process and jarring people out of their realities. These fragments of cloth have seen many places, many layers of art goop, and have withstood an array of art process. Fabric and people, woven together, both asked to forgive, stretch, touch, bend, wear, layer, protect, tangle, face, influence, identify, weave, undulate, wrinkle, crease, waver, shift, and drape. By installing the dissected shirts of other' in public spaces, I'm asking passersby to see the world through a new lens; to look through a crack into another the dimension. I choose my installation sites based on ease, texture, lighting, traffic, and serendipity. After gathering up my dried and Bisquick-cured installation fragments, I intuitively art goop and collage on them using house paint, wallpaper, tissue paper, glitter, and varnish. After art goops have been applied and dried, I re-imagine the fragments back into a shirt for documentation. The shirt fragments become rather stiff and durable; double-sided artifacts, which I mail out through the US Postal System, to interact with the world in a new way. Furthermore, I ask my mail recipients to create their own statement using their mailed artifacts by photographing them in new environments and posting on social media, hash-tagging #theshirtoffsomeoneelsesback. It's hard to be a brave artist; to feel enigmatic and not fit neatly into a box. I appreciate the people who support me and show them my love by helping them to interact with me and each other in a new way, a further nod to the threads that keep us tethered.