Spectrum Spectre

Debut in Raleigh, NC

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Fiber artist Gabrielle Duggan made a ‘spectrum’ of eight garments.  They were shown first as part of  The Common Seam Collective‘s debut show at The LoDi Project (gallery) in February 2010.  The garments were displayed in their spectrumial order in eight piles.  Centered above the piles on the wall Gabrielle projected this video, http://vimeo.com/10338629, of a woman dressing and undressing in each garment.

Through viewing the show and a few brief discussions with Gabrielle about her processes in creating the work, PJ Maske saw great performative potential in the Spectrum.  The two began to scheme.

After a few performance workshops with Raleigh model Monica Damron and a generous donation of space from the Raleigh City Museum the pair have made a performance installation called Spectrum Spectre, advertised in the flyer above.


(pictured: Monica Damron, photos by: Amy Quinn)

Artists’ Statement

Because this project is a pure collaboration between fiber artist, Gabrielle Duggan and movement artist, PJ Maske, the following artist statement is in two parts.

About making the garments, Gabrielle says:

This project, a group of eight objects, represents the symbiosis of contrasting attributes found within my work, as well as in garments globally.  Technically, the objects in the Spectrum progress-or regress, depending on interpretation.

Some of the contrasting values addressed in garments are:

form | function     hand | machine      raw | refined  repulsive | attractive

I explore and observe these contrasts through my use of materials and techniques.

About making the performance of the garments, PJ says:

The installation shows a woman moving through Gabrielle’s Spectrum of garments, and reacting simply/briefly to the experience of wearing each one in a traditional living room setting.  These images (of a woman – in the garments – in a living room) and the performer’s responsive actions together call to mind questions about the contemporary dressed woman, the nature of our clothing and our expectations for it.’