I made a promise to make real, physical artwork on at least a monthly basis as I proceed through this project. HMMM. I forgot about Christmas holidays. Time has not been mineto manage. But I have been thinking about different ways to illustrate and think about this. This is a project that questions how we quanitfy things and how we place value on those quantifications.
I am thinking in the area of textiles. Imagine that! I have been thinking of Pat Olezko too. She was finishing up at the University of Michigan as I was just beginning. She was doing performance art before any of us had the terminology to describe it! She is very tall and would stride across campus in long skirts, blond hair flying out behind her, with bells on her ankles. She wasn't just a hippie acting out. She was her own parade wherever she went. I remember seeing one of her costumes, the FAT LADY WITH BEAVER suit. She said, or was rumored???, that she wore it at strip clubs in Toledo, stripping down to her fat lady suit. It was a stunning abruption of cultural expectations of desireability. Forty some years later it remains with me.
So, textiles...will there be a fat-suit in my future? I do often feel like this iteration of my body is a temporary fat-suit, worn to protect me from prying eyes. But first, I am considering Textiles as a quantifying medium. Here is what 10 pounds of discarded textiles looks like.
I have lost more than 10 pounds so far. 11.3 to be more precise. Here is a one pound bundle of discarded textiles.