AUGUST 30 – OCTOBER 8, 2010
RECEPTION HELD IN THE STAMP GALLERY SEPTEMBER 2, 5-6:30 & LIVE PERFORMANCE ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND TO TAKE PLACE AT 6:30PM IN THE ART-SOCIOLOGY BUILDING’S ATRIUM
“One aspect of the tragedy of human existence is the suffocating feeling of isolation. We barricade ourselves behind elaborate defense mechanisms, which operate on physical as well as on psychological levels. Clothing is one way to wear a mask. We dress to hide our vulnerable bodies and souls, to fit into a social system and hide our insecurities. Through my wearable sculptures I question and redefine the role of the garment. Wrapping the body to reveal instead of conceal. The wearer’s emotional landscape gets exposed and invites to an honest and open dialogue between the wearer and the viewer.
Dressing in my sculptures brought me to the natural consequence of performance. Through the use of my voice, which I've been developing through classical training, my pieces are coming to life like never before. The unexpected nature of live performance, an event which can never be identically recreated, facilitates a magically open dialog with a minimum amount of preconceptions between the viewer and the performer.”
- Clarina Bezzola, 2001
The Stamp Gallery is supported in part by grants from the Prince George’s Arts Council PGAC Super Circle, The Pepsi Enhancement Fund, and the Maryland Parents Association Initiative Fund.
This exhibition was made possible in collaboration with The Art Gallery – University of Maryland