From 2003- 2007 I created a body of work entitled Intimate Apparel. It was created after months of little sunlight and no social contact in Iceland. Each piece is made to have the human body physically interact with it. Some are for one or two bodies; others for seven or eight. The materials range from polyester and cotton to wool and fur. They are hot and claustrophobic, intimate and arousing. The participants become performers as they navigate the piece, their relationships shape the experience.
For the In Lieu of Condemnation show in Pittsburgh, I installed several hanging forms which viewers could step underneath and pop inside. The pink pieces accommodate one person at a time. Filled with the remnants of old gowns, one will find satin, small buttons, brocade and small holes to the outside world. The off white pieces encourage two to three people at a time. Created from vintage nightgowns, lace and cotton, they are light and airy. Glimpses of neighbors and small portals to the other pods make it very intimate but isolated experience.
Green is a portable interactive bag for 2 participants. Carry it along wherever you go- the gym, spin the bottle parties, the train. Mint is a smaller version which encloses only the heads of those participating. Hand holes allow you control the space or pick your partners nose.
Close, a triangular piece of wool spotted with hand-knit hoods, hand holes, and bits of fur, cuts across the space at head/shoulder level. I created this in Iceland and installed it in an abandoned warehouse. When standing in the piece, the wool creates a sparse landscape with other participants far beyond arms reach.
Created in Iceland, this was one of the first in the Intimate Apparel series.