Saturday, 28 February 2015

Lesley Dill

Lesley Dill's Dada poetry wedding dress made for the Dada ball in New York, a paper dress of words for performance. The words and language a powerful catalyst on the vehicle of costume for emotional dialogues about,life and death. Lesley Dill is an American photographer, sculptor, artist, performer and costume maker who throughout all of her mediums and creative endeavours uses language;

"language is the touchstone , the pivot point of all my work."
"I wanted to talk about our era of Aids and also the theme of the Dada Ball by using the metaphor of a woman wearing a dress. The idea was inspired by Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even”. The dress is a brown paper dress painted white and stamped with the words of the Emily Dickinson poem, “The Soul Has Bandaged Moments”. I chose a virginal white dress as a reminder of the many women who are HIV positive, and as a symbol of the incredible loss of innocence that awareness of early morality has brought us."  Lesley Dill

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