the Lingering, slipping away:
In 2008 I began working with the idea of slips as vestiges from 1950s/1960s Americana, and as transcripts from an earlier era. In live performances and short films I re-traced the role that slips have played in women’s lives. Most of us wore slips, to lounge in at home and as an undergarment when we went out. The slip series allows me to explore themes of private and public dress, and to enact the preparing, storing, and wearing of these pieces in a contemplative way. I began working with slips as a sculptural medium, folded in piles, hanging knotted from hooks on the wall, woven into grid-like sculptures, and fired inside a clay shell. The ritual process of preparing and embodying the slip became part of performances where I layer slip after slip, one on top of the other.
Tied in knots
The Slip Grid
Cast in Clay
Adobe Bookstore window performance, 16th Street, San Francisco, 2009 Preparing and Embodying Slips