Sophie Usunier / ART WORKS

sophieusunier@hotmail.com


2003/2014

Les Empaillés

(the stuffed)
old clothes, straws

variable dimension

I refer to the litteral sens of the word : to stuff with straw. Conservation, to stuff the clothes as not long time ago the dead animals were stuffed with straw. The taxidermist apparently gives them back to life, makes the animal alive while they’re dead. I give back “life” to clothes, but I leave the straw stuffs them and give them an expended and stretched form. I stuff them as more as as possible so to deform them. To make this installation, I ask the persons of the city where I will do the exhibition, to give me old-fashion and no more used clothes. I put them together and sew them at their extremity in order to make a one piece object. I stuff them in order to conserve them as a species on the way of extinction, I preserve the “second skin” of the mankind, This skin so important to determine the family or social appearance of each human being : the cloth.

Photos below: Acb, scène national Bar-le-Duc (FR); PAV, Turin (IT); Franky Morello,flagship store, Milan (IT); Gallery Z2O, Roma (IT); Città Sant'Angelo (IT); Fondation Southeritage, Matera (IT)

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Next project: → Nature Morte

Previous project: ← Les Filles d'Eole

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