My current wearables are Unnamed Series, The Void, Stewardess, and Moth Men. Unnamed is an ongoing series from 2015 and includes eight wearable works that are vague while being distinguishable from each other. They represent anyone and no one in particular - just your neighbor, your mom, and yourself. The Void is a recurring character that is the manifestation of being approached by your self-affliction such as paranoia, anxiety, and fear. The Stewardess is a 6-foot-tall, soft fabric performative sculpture made up of a cascade of nipple lumps that resemble absurd breasts. Stewardess approaches the notion of women in an absurdist subservient role. Moth Men are two works, one slightly larger than the other. They are based on the actual account of the Moth Man sighting in the 1970s in West Virginia. Both wearables open to expose their insides. All these wearables represent The Other in ourselves and others.
The wearables have vague similarities to animals and insects so that they cannot be categorized but to represent a familiar yet foreign figure instead. Each of the wearables has signature movements to create an idea of consciousness and purpose. The forms are ambiguous in intention due to lacking any facial features but also seemingly friendly due to their shapes and colors influenced by educational children's TV shows. Fabric and plastic are manipulated to create the skins of the wearables, which are a contrast of color and opposing textures. Support structures are made from metal, plastic tubing, and foam. Often the wearables have movable body parts to interact with the audience through the performers' activating those appendages. These figures are shown through live performance, shared gifs, video clips, and installations.
I create wearable works of ambiguous forms to embody estrangement from ourselves and others. To inform my subject matter, I research the depictions of otherness in popular media. This research includes the supernatural horror genre such as H.P. Lovecraft's Cosmic Horror and also by children's educational television programs such as Sesame Street. I am interested in the history of the depiction of The Other and in turn, dangerous, which I use as a metaphor for estrangement due to trauma, abuse, depression, and addiction.