Danish Arts Workshop: Summer Residency, Copenhagen

I would like to extend a big thank you to the Danish Arts Workshops, where I spent the summer in wonderful wonderful Copenhagen, doing research-production for my upcoming show at Malmö Konstmuseum in Sweden. During my residency at DAW I created seven costumes based on Scanian folk costumes from the Museum's archives. The garments are constructed from vintage PPE, scrubs, shirts, scraps and craft projects, salvaged from my parent’s basement — remnants of a life as professional care workers as an ophthalmologist and occupational therapist, respectively. Inspiration and influences include Danish outsider artist Caroline Ebbesen, who spent most of her adult life in Sct Hans Hospital — one of the major psychiatric institutions in Denmark — as well as Scando-American hippie folklore, as embodied by the textile works of Moki Cherry from the Museum’s collection. A grant from the Danish Arts Foundation’s Curator Program made possible a visit from Paris by my dear friend Kathy Alliou, to begin the work on a publication together, and the long summer in Copenhangen allowed for studio visits with current and future collaborators in Scandinavia, site visits to Malmö, and a trip to Tågarp, where Moki and partner Don Cherry lived their dream of an Organic Music Society… Big big thank you too all and more on that soon.

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