Event DetailsMarch 20, 2021, 2:00AM – April 12, 2021, 6:00AM
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mhPROJECTnyc140 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003, NY, United States
Ye’ela Wilschanski explores ways in which architecture and communal beliefs function as additional layers of restrictions on the body. An article of clothing may be worn by one person, but the codes that it reinforces suggest the presence of a chorus. For the past four years, she has been constructing wearable sculptures that transform throughout her performances. At mhPROJECTnyc, she is developing a new phase of her practice that responds to the restrictions of the pandemic.
“Queen Size Aqueduct” is made of nine garments hanging on three walls of a cube. The footprint of the cube is a queen size mattress, and its height is the artist’s height. The fabric inside is pale pink with soft shelves located at the chest and pelvis. The outside is white, and partially quilted with a brick pattern and arches.
While sheltering in place, Wilschanski worked from her room using the space above her mattress to prepare for this installation. She gradually sewed the garments around her, working on it during the day and dreaming within it at night. Inspired by ancient water transferring structures from her childhood landscapes and from the intestines inside a body, the connected garments contain a yearning for a continually dynamic flow. These garments for sleep, appreciate the subtle but crucial movements that happen while the body is in stillness.