Alloy Typical; Innate forms of Discontinuity, 2019.
Bronze (1) 8.5”x 4”x 4” (2) 8” x 4.25” x 4” (3) 9.5” x 3” x 3.25” (4) 6.5” x 3.5” x 2.5”
Alluding to Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, and his call to disrupt classical ideologies within art.
I notice the invisible nature of textile labor within Western culture: the ability of fiber materials to exist fluidly between aesthetics and practicality, as well as the inherent sculptural qualities within garment making. When I was a child, my mother, who worked at a sewing factory, would hand-sew clothing from scrap pieces for my dolls. When she brought these outfits to me during a visit in late 2019, I became interested in the invisible and allegedly "natural" (women's) labor associated with this craft, as well as the memories surrounding their creation. Alloy Typical was produced as a collaboration between mother and daughter, a link between artists of different generations. I solidify the invisible and equate and the lost-wax casting process with "lost" textiles and lost childhood, the intangible past, my past, also my current self. Considering issues surrounding women and gender in art, I wanted to use bronze casting as a transformational method/medium, understanding that the original garments would be destroyed in the process as an attempt make visible painstaking labor, while also disrupting the "continuity" of their original associations with a supposedly-essential "women's work."