June 11, 2011

Karen LaMonte's Recining Dress Impression with Drapery (2009)

Writing about web page http://www.karenlamonte.com/

Taken at the Renwick, Smithsonian, Washington DC, 2010.


Viewing this work is a remarkable experience. Your first impression is of looking at a solid mass, but when you catch it at particular angles, the body-shaped hollow pops out at you. It really makes you gasp. There’s an incredible presence for something that is not there, a woman who is conspicuously absent. Karen's work draws attention to clothing as a cultural construct--an identifier that relays who you are and your place in the world. The history of the dress is fundamentally tied to what it means to be a woman. Yet Karen has stated that the subject of her work isn't so much feminism, but femininity. (Quoted from... http://www.karenlamonte.com/media/Eye%20Level_%20In%20Conversation%20with%20Karen%20Lamonte_Jan%202010.pdf)


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  1. redbotinki

    Hi Zoe,
    do you know the glass dresses made by the artist Diana Dias Leao? They’re not meant to be worn (her basques are boned with barbed wire) but they’re extraordinary. You can find images of them on Google. She is doing somewhat the opposite of the artist here in that she is trying to draw attention to the person inside the dress beyond the arresting quality of the garment.
    I just liked this post so much I thought you might be interested!

    04 Aug 2011, 21:12


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