What Crazy Material Are These Dresses Made From? An Artist Challenges our Perceptions

Photo is courtesy of Jezebel.com

Photo is courtesy of Jezebel.com

Did you guess marble? I didn’t. I thought it was cotton—or some new chemically engineered fabric! It reminded me that “Perception is reality,” or so I have heard.

 

Photo courtesy of Jezebel.com

Photo courtesy of Jezebel.com

“Who made these?” You ask. Meet Alasdair Thomson and his beautifully living marble sculptures. Mimicking the flow, and breathe that an item of clothing can carry, the artist used dresses donated by his family as models to capture the vitality present while wearing a favorite blouse or frilly dress even beyond our use. His work lifts the weight of the heavy marble stone to render a visual, and emotional, experience that detracts from its physical reality. It reminds me that an artist carries the burdened task of transgressing the cliché. Clothes are an integral part of how we navigate our worlds. We wear them, not only to cover up, but also to be delicate in communicating the density our selves.

 

Photo is courtesy of Jezebel.com

Photo is courtesy of Jezebel.com

In our fast, global, contemporary lives we tend lose the artistry that goes into making a shirt, blouse, or sock. The toil on the factory floor can be the heavy weight with which our favorite frilly blouse is gifted to us.  Thomson’s work is brilliant in recapturing the burden that garments hold in our society as commodities, which eventually become landfill items, even though they may provide us with moments of delicate joy.

 

Photo courtesy of Jezebel.com

Photo courtesy of Jezebel.com

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About Chrislande Dorcilus
Chrislande Dorcilus is a writer living in Brooklyn, and ever proud of the cliché. She loves feminism, humor, sustainable architecture, and poetry. She hates to love to hate New York, compares bathrooms around the city, avoids the Six train, and misses the ocean. Chrislande is a proud former editorial intern, and blog contributor to the loved feminist publication, BUST Magazine. She hopes to see you at one of their spectacular BUST Craftacular events in Brooklyn this year. She has written for various fashion and media sources online, and is more than excited to delve into the eco-world with “y’all.”

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