Gabriella Loeb

One Who Once Was, 2014

I am interested in the notion of the outside of what cannot be grasped through language but, of what can be grasped through the material. I kill the fabric, drown it in resin and in consequence bring it to life. The excessive folds in the work One Who Once Was are composed by toile, a lightweight cotton used for draping in the realm of haute couture. The folds are made by thousands of penetrations – a network of internal threads running through the body like nerve endings, shaping the body by the thrill. In my work I’ve disembodied the fashion body from the spectacle of which it endures, surpassing these limitations through the alien form.

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