gallery: (dis)robe

(dis)robe is a growing collection of reclaimed, altered and painted garments that explore our culture and heritage, questioning what we choose to wear and to discard, in the contexts of our societies, families, and personal journeys.

(dis)robe: Maternity Wear
Used wedding gown, altered, painted and embellished to explore the choice mothers make to be the comforter/soother/carrier/carer/wearer of our babies. This reclaimed wedding gown includes a gang of painted toddlers climbing up the train, a built-in satin baby-carrier on the back, a plethora of hanging pacifiers, and a torn-open bodice from which protrudes a pregnant belly painted with the hands and face of an escaping, screaming mother.
Model in these images: Jewal Maxwell. This dress will be featured in a forthcoming book about mothering in fibre arts.

(dis)robe: Nursing Gown
This particular gown is my exploration of our cultural heritage around gender, caregiving, and partnership roles.

(dis)robe: Chain Dress
An exploration of heredity, especially of mothering and caregiving roles among girls and women. It may be a chain of bondage or entrapment, but it is also a chain of generational connection.


(dis)robe: Support Garment
Worn here with the Lovely Bush prosthetic pubic hair, and in front of a lovely painting by Lluis Garriga Felip at Art! Vancouver 2017. More photos of this dress in the Woman Story section of this gallery, as it was included in that installation as well. It looks into the many others whose support (and hindrance) we choose to accept and deny as we make our many ways through life.


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