“guggenheim museum solo show”
Land and Sea Gallery
Oakland California, 2017




“guggenheim museum solo show”
Land and Sea Gallery
Oakland, California


Denim is a fabric that is deeply embedded in American history. It has been passed down from laborers, to cowboys, to motorcyclists to high-end fashion, and to where it sits today as casual wear. Mass denim production is especially controversial due to slave labor conditions and environmental effects such as sand blasting and non-biodegradable toxic waste. I chose to repurpose denim and other fabrics found in thrift stores and flea markets into clothing and art objects, adding my own interpretation on garments already so rich with history. I make wearable art objects as a radical response to consumerist culture and fashion industries that support slave labour and unethical processes. Many of the garments I make have a dismantled and visibly deconstructed quality to them, revealing both the wearers body and also means of production that goes into making a garment. "Guggenheim Museum Solo Show" is also an exhibition meant to disrupt the accepted conventions of the white-walled space, allowing visitors to interact physically and monetarily with the work - a privilege that is traditionally allotted to a select few. By exhibiting textile scraps and wearable items (particularly denim) in a gallery, I am challenging the viewer to shift their focus and evaluate what it means to be a consumer of fashion as well as a patron of art.

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Monday Nov 5 2018