The Dress of Winter

Drawing for costume

Stick Dress costume

Installation with 'Water Bearer' in
performance at Daley College.
The Dress Series

The performance series represented an exploration of feminine rights of passage through live movement, sculptural costumes and film sequences.
    Four material elements were used as metaphors for each season:

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 assurance

Big Cup Headdress

The Dress of Sticks was constructed out of driftwood pieces that were wired together making a basket-like structure large enough to get inside.

The performance began with a street piece of a completely covered form that slowly undulated and moved steadily to the site where the dress structure (nest) was hung. The form climbed inside and later emerged to hoist the dress up and move it throughout the space.

In later performances, a second performing figure was added who was dressed in a green shritwaist dress from the 50s. She was the 'Water Bearer' who carried an oversized ceramic cup on her head.

photos:Two poses from the 'Bag Worm' street piece which lead up to the main performance.
Dress of Glass

Dress of Leaves