Katherine Sullivan (December 2009 - February 2010)
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As an artist I have always been fascinated by the question of identity and the way we portray this in the world through the forms of our clothing and our architecture. Both are seen as metaphors for the body and for human experience. Dress both defines and de-individualises us and, in this sense, stands upon the dangerous margins between self and other, inside and outside and private and public.
My experience as a costume maker and my subsequent translation of textile processes into sculptural elements within my work places me in an excellent position to investigate this relationship. I examine the structural elements of both clothing and architecture in relation to their fabric.
I often experiment with building and engineering materials whilst employing techniques found in the textile industry in order to create sculptural fabrics of my own. It is my aim to lift the decorative elements from clothing and buildings and turn them into the constructive elements within my sculptures.