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Water Mill NY US
Updated: 2021-09-05 14:47:13

STATEMENT OF WORK

I work with found, commonplace objects, employing various methods of building in response to the physical properties of the materials.  My work for the past several years has been based on salvaged and disassembled leather clothing.  In recent work, I preserve the pattern pieces as found shapes, and recombine them into new forms using inherited domestic arts of hand and machine sewing, and self-taught tailoring techniques.  Being made of skin, the objects function for me as memento mori of sorts. Many of the works are mirror-like,  in the inherent symmetry of the garments and in their reflections of the curves and scale of the human form.  At Essex Flowers, I’m presenting work that projects some of these visual and tactile qualities, but also something of the animus of former lives, both animal and human.  The bodice and skirt pieces of leather coats are refigured as inset panels in canvas, with features created from invented button holes and pocket slashes, lined with wood veneer. The wood, like the leather, suggests the presence of forgotten histories, while the repetitive stitch marks are visual records of the passage of time. 

www.clairewatson.net