January 16 to February 27, 2009
LAURA SPLANAmerican, b.1973
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artist's website ⇒
On the surface, Laura Splan’s work does not appear to be about disability. In fact, Splan does not identify herself as disabled. However, her work and identity are essential to representing a wider interpretation of disability. To question constructions of normalcy, as disability does, highlights the universal human condition of living in bodies that are never completely perfect.
The Van Every/Smith Galleries commissioned Laura Splan to create new works for RE/FORMATIONS entitled the Trousseau Series. The Trousseau Series includes sculptures created using cosmetic facial peels as fabric, which were fashioned and sewn to create a series of heirloom garments and accessories such as handkerchiefs, fans, gloves, and negligees.
Also on display are Splan’s Doily Series. These doilies are based on the biological structures of different viruses. Splan explains that the series investigates conceptions of “beauty and horror, comfort and discomfort,” by combining the perceived “grotesque” nature of viruses with the familiar, comforting, and aesthetically pleasing materials of doilies.
Machine embroidery with thread on cosmetic facial peel, dress form
64”H x 16”W x 16”