Project MIST has taken many forms in the last couple years, forever evolving and moving toward a bigger whole. Like the waters of Niagara, it ebbs and flows through various incarnations. Currently I am helping LK in the design and creation of a living museum prototype, or as we affectionately call it, the mist lab. It will be a sculpture where we can test the effects of light and video onto mist. Incorporating sustainable power via solar panels and batteries; and building a base out of reclaimed wood, we are fabricating an eco-friendly experimentation and an evocative environment. Power & Poetry, meet No Tether.
Cause for Mass Appeal was a grand time! The runway overflowed with incredible talent. It was exciting to be a part of another successful Buffalo fashion event.
My wearable art piece was a sculpture of blue-green insulation felt, tiers of plastic seam strips, ruffles of black seam filler, pleats of gray insulation felt, corset details of asphalt paper, nail fringe, and a belt of metal perforated banding. The dress covered a hoop skirt of metal strips, plastic banding, and zip ties. Grommets, and twine held everything together. My model carried a fan of metal & nails, and the same detail was woven into her hair. Twisted nails as earrings were a last minute addition. If the Yeah Yeah Yeahs did a cover of Mozart.
Let them eat [nail] cake!
This past weekend I started work on a wearable art piece for Cause for Mass Appeal. Each participating artist is teamed with a local company who sponsors each piece. I am working with Sanders Roofing Co. When I met with the folks at Sanders I learned that the business of roofing is all about layers. Layers of insulation, layers of waterproofing, layers of adhesion, layers of sealers. What better expression of layers in fashion than the extravagant dresses of the 18th century? So begins my two week challenge of creating a corset, full hoop skirt and head piece out of roofing materials.
I am involved in a joint research venture with several colleagues. This weekend we had a gallery presentation of some of our individual work. My contribution was a light and materials site-specific sculpture that was built and displayed in the front gallery window. The projection behind the sculpture was designed by Chantal Calato. The entire gallery exhibit had a sense of duality and melding of imagery between individual pieces. It was serendipitous that our pieces collided. My artistic statement is below:
Niagara Falls have long been a source of inspiration. They are an impressive power and have been a source of power. The amount of water that tumbles over the precipice is staggering. The thickness and texture of the water at this point are qualities that are continually intriguing.
At the base of the Horseshoe Falls stands the Ontario Power Plant building, once the harnesser of hydroelectric power for the region. Now inoperable and abandoned, it is a hulking reminder of time forgotten.
Through site observation and history past, “Power & Poetry” seeks to capture these inspirations.