Sherry Antonini

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“What’s Left of My Dresses”; Four cotton dresses unearthed after being buried one year; 60 x 60 x 1 inches

This collection of pieces is of a body of work that explores the shape, history and function of the dress. I am fascinated with culturally rooted messages that wearing a dress can carry. More so, I am exploring how to push the boundaries of what those messages can be and, even, the very definition of what a dress is and how it can or cannot be worn and/or facilitates responses in an art-making context. I am looking for the tipping points of subversion within a clothing shape that carries a weight that is often, but not always, anti-feminist.

I write original text about and in the voices of women as a way to attach a clear, defining and unexpected voice to the shape of this tradition. I am also considering the more macro concepts of nature’s balancing power of growth and eventual decay—and our place as humans on that kind of timeline. By burying a dress and unearthing it a full year later, I can find a glimpse of what becomes of us, of how what we can wear and carry slowly changes back into the most basic matter of our world.

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“Squall Dress”; Original text silkscreen on front/back or re-purposed dress, tulle, feather, grass, glass, raw wool; 6 x 4 x 3 feet