EJay with projection
of leaves over The Big Dress
THE BIG DRESS

THE BIG DRESS was installed during the pandemic in 2021 in New York to commemorate, for Women's History Month, the TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE, a tragedy that took the lives of many working women in our Greenwich Village neighborhood on March 25, 1911.

This latest incarnation also honored my grandmother, Rose Kruger, who immigrated to New York in 1913 with our great grandmother, Maria Lerch, and used her sewing skills to raise our family in America.

"THE BIG DRESS" blew and billowed with the wind from the fire escape of our building on the Bowery from March 21-27. It was lit up at night with an amber light that made it seem as if the dress really was ON FIRE.


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THE BIG DRESS was resurrected from retirement from an early performance series I called THE DRESS which I did around 1984-86. It explored feminine rights of passage through live movement, a sculptural oversized "CLOTH DRESS" costumes, and projections of atmospheric film sequences.

Four material elements were used as metaphors for the seasons:

glass ••• summer --  the dress of birth

leaves ••• fall --  the dress of childhood and exploration

sticks ••• winter --  the dress of adolescence and making choices

stones  ••• spring --  the dress of maturity and perseverence

More info about The DressRETURN to EJay's Garden LIST