fiber fill, used clothing
Art Broken (Organized by Alejandro Bellizzi)
Kavachnina Gallery Miami, FL
Prompted by my brother’s cancer (Leukemia) diagnosis and my own role as secondary caregiver throughout his treatment, I began repurposing his clothing in the aftermath of his successful therapy as a coping mechanism and memorializing of the cancer experience. Turning to the immediately available sewing tradition passed down to me from the women in my family, I began to sew dolls out of his old and outgrown clothing. Eventually I continued the act of cancer memorialization by using my grandparents clothing and inviting other cancer patients to donate their used clothes as well. With the donations, this social sculpture acknowledges used clothing as a second skin, fragile like the human body.
This work is attributed to:
Stephanie Jane McGoff