I had a good start for the upcoming year, having had Lifelines accepted into Sanctuaries in Time at the Columbia/Barnard University Kraft Center in New York City. There were over 300 pieces submitted and mine was one of 40 that was accepted.
It has been a good spring. The Citadel had a student juried exhibit and they accepted Lifelines, which hung, with other local work, in the lobby of the humanities building. Tiffany Silverman is the art history professor who is doing a great job of making art come alive for cadets by creating this special show that they coordinate.
I also did a collaboration with the Charleston Art Institute Students. Dresses from my "Fastenating" exhibit were displayed with student drawings from their costume history class. So, an image of a bustier was displayed next to my corset made completely from zippers. It made it clear that little has changed in the sexual connotation of the design of women's clothing.
The final exhibit is an installation at N Charleston City Hall, part of their annual arts festival. I have been trying to find a place to set up "Family Trees" ever since I conceived it about three years ago. The original concept is altered slightly to coordinate with the space. It is an improvement, with one of the trees outside, looking in and left out as the others are ritualistically standing around a nest. I am looking forward to seeing the completed piece, which will only be around for about two weeks. Going to see Christo's lecture last week was very inspiring.
Charleston Scene did a nice story about my work and the exhibit at the Charleston Art Institute. article
Size is Just a Number will be displayed at the Wellness Center of the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, starting March 5. I will be giving a lecture about the installation to students on March 19th and they will be modeling the dresses as part of that talk.
Halsey Gallery Event
Each year, the Halsey Gallery hosts a membership event, The Silver Moon Bash. The current exhibit, Mend-Love Life and Loss, was in the galleries and, to tie in, College of Charleston students modeled clothes designed by local artists. Jeff and Rachel wore two of my pieces, Mail and Femail. A picture of them, and me, is under My Issues, Our Issues.