I began on this dress by dyeing a fabulous mid-century slip . I was so captivated by the openwork trim, that I mimicked it in the design. I found an illustration in an anatomical textbook that had a similar pattern to describe the circulation to the lungs and abdomen. I used a variety of different recycled fabrics to appliqué onto the dress, including velvet for the leg bones and tailbone, satin for the pelvis and back ribs, silk for the circulation, and blue leather for the amoeba shapes. I also left a lot of the threads loose and dangling from the abdomen.
Here is a quote from my artist statement on this series:
“The Dream Anatomy series explore these imagined realms inside the body. Because these garments are meant to be worn, the boundary between the internal and the external is blurred. The invisible is made visible: wear your inside on the outside. By using women’s slips and nighties, articles that were not originally intended for public life, I am playiing with the line between the public and the private arenas.”
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