‘Home Babies’, detail from installation
Materials: Pate de verre, flock, found objects
Dimensions: Installation dimensions vary, individual dress: h72 x w45 x d18 cm
(A) Dress examines issues that, as a society, we are reluctant to admit happen within our midst; issues such as child abuse, rape and domestic violence. These will be investigated using the dress as a means of exploration.
The body of work I am now creating for (A) Dress, has developed from the notion that ‘the dress’ can also be used to explore more serious issues; issues that threaten or even destroy families such as rape and child abuse. As an artist working in glass, I believe that the applied arts, as well as being interesting and beautiful, can highlight and explore political and societal issues, instigate discussion and ignite debate.
(A)Dress will comprise of an installation of 9 suspended sand cast pate de verre Christening Robes, a chandelier made with assistance from Una Roddin and Andrea Spencer, a video piece made in collaboration with a performance artist and a suit of armour created with Una Burke.