I came across this yesterday By ROY SONNEMA . For the full article CLICK HERE.
The most satisfying, and most unconventional approach to assimilating the past is found in the “W10: I do, I do” exhibit in the Hoag Gallery, a showcase of conceptual wedding dresses. W10 is a group of Latina women that first organized on the Inter-American campus of Miami Dade College under curator Yovani Bauta. Each of these women has struggled with the challenges of immigration, cultural assimilation and becoming part of an art community. Here the artists chose to adopt the wedding dress as the symbolic and expressive object of their collective experience.
Each dress becomes an artifact inscribed with a different autobiographical memory. One is assembled from old burlap, rope and coconut tree husks to suggest memories of a Caribbean past. Others are collage-like assemblages of photographs, paintings of faces and hands, and various memorabilia mixed like disheveled souvenirs. Still others incorporate expressive painting, applique or quilting technique. Ultimately, each dress becomes a personal scrapbook in human form that hints at a unique personal history, with references to places, experiences and memories that remain elusive.
I think this is a cool concept. I can envision one made up of photos of my ancestors coupled with quiting blocks, doilies, and fabric scraps. This really has my creative wheels spinning...what creative take do you have on this piece of art?