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Gallery One:  Textiles  :   Jackets
The jackets were begun in 1979 after a hitch-hiking trip across Canada. The impetous for the first peice was a sense of wonderment, communion and personal transformation. This, combined with a life-long disbelief in the politics of destruction, resulted in the West Coast Jacket (1980), a flexible peice of stained glass, kinetic sculpture that becomes a deeply expressive 'other skin'. The exclusive use of military jackets is essential. A fundamental aspect of the work is the promotion of demilitarization, the taking of something mass-produced, de-humanizing, with a function specific to destruction, and through the contemplative and prolonged interaction with it, by the action of creating, reinvigorate it with a celebration of life which permanently removes it from it's previous function.

Dripping, Beaded Military Jacket, 1984-87
Dripping, Beaded Military Jacket, 1984-87
Night Sky, Embroidered Military Jacket, 2001
Night Sky, Embroidered Military Jacket, 2001
West Coast, Beaded Military Jacket, 1980
West Coast, Beaded Military Jacket, 1980
Grateful, Embroidered Military Jacket, 1981-88
Grateful, Embroidered Military Jacket, 1981-88
Flowersun, Beaded Military Jacket, 1988-2004
Flowersun, Beaded Military Jacket, 1988-2004
Moonflow, Beaded Military Jacket, 2003
Moonflow, Beaded Military Jacket, 2003
Forest Canopy, Beaded Military Jacket, 1988/2003-04
Forest Canopy, Beaded Military Jacket, 1988/2003-04
 


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