Friday, October 30, 2009

Continental Drift, 2009
clothing labels and embroidery floss on organza
9' x 19'

These ephemeral land masses represent a snapshot of the post-industrial textile landscape in our closets. Here, one very specific collection of clothing labels donated at SubRosa's installation for the Interventionists exhibition at MASS MOCA in Western Massachusetts (2004), is reconfigured in Continental Drift revealing a geography shaped by politics, resources, fashion, and quotas. The size of each country is determined by the exact number of labels collected (and sent to me) during the run of the show at MASS MOCA. The map’s magnetic pole, latitudes, and longitudes emanate from the northeastern United States where they were collected.