In 1978, with a degree in Sociology and no formal art or design training, I established my studio in Philadelphia with the conviction that clothing can be an artistic form of social intervention. The umbrella term CONCEPTUAL CLOTHING was created in 1983 to encompass the variety of design, installation, collaboration and curatorial projects which occur in and out of the studio.
Always been self-employed: creating diverse projects. After working at The Fabric Workshop for a couple of years in Philadelphia, moved my studio briefly to NYC in the early 80s and then to several European cities for a decade + of growth and expansion. I began to make metaphorical garments, devised sound and light installation in Holland and the Czech Republic with the collaborative TROPISTs, executed my own multimedia installations, engaged in other collaborative and curatorial projects (many undocumented), made clothing within a variety of contexts, taught in art and design academies, and exhibited in museum and galleries.
Upon my return to the States in 1996 I continued with more interactive and political elements, making work that is part of public dialogue, demonstration and street life. I have also worked with the weather to create time imprinted storm dresses, built nomadic tipi space modules for the National Building and Labor Museum in DC, and developed clothing based actions for an array of political and psychogeography projects. These have included projects with OCCUPY NYC, Chashama NYC, and street manifestations in Berlin, Amsterdam and NYC in which clothing was used to disrupt normative behavior and instigate new relationships in the urban environment between people amidst advertising glut, architecture, and learned urban behavior.
In the last 5 years, I have developed several large scale projects that have ignited a deep desire to produce experimental, multimedia performance and crowd projects outside of art institutions. In 2013 after three years of research and development, Kate Hamilton and I created The Mine Project / DaDa SPILL, a large-scale multimedia installation, performance and crowd project in an abandoned cement mine in NY State. We staged an unscripted massive, absurdist security breach in which costumed ‘cultural interpretive guides’ lead people from one faulty exploration of security to another. We had one single performance in the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, NY. July 27, 2013 and 300 people participated. This project was followed by a participatory resistance movement within an ‘occupied territory’ staged in a public park in New Orleans (a de-facto occupied territory). The Clouet Gardens Project, Fringe Festival, New Orleans Nov. 2015. Most recently I developed and executed a project in Marseille France title DECALEZ!
I’ve lived and worked in four countries and currently reside on a farm outside of NYC.