CALL ME ROSE, is one of the works in the exhibit DRESSED at The Danforth. It is an elaborate composition both in size and embellishment. The petals are created from clothing, dyed red to unify the varying patterns of plaid, herringbone, tweed, camouflage – identifying materials of being dressed. It is an object of beauty with dark undertones that requires several glances to take it in. The name follows the etiquette language of transgender name changes. The effect is ambiguous, at first glance feeling feminine, at second glance masculine, at third glance something else, (or maybe the reverse order!). Please check out the blog for detailed info about the process.
The newly re-opened Danforth Museum is presenting DRESSED. To be dressed is to cover, adorn, or envelop the body in the guise we present to the outside world. Broadly addressing materials, imagery, iconography, and memory, each artist experiments with the fluidity of form while acknowledging gendered constrictions placed on the body.