Centered around the universe of the Decorativas, a fictional species composed of cultural debris, my practice fuses textiles, sculpture, drawing and prose to interrogate the paradoxes of my own cultural identity. Drawing on the social and political histories of the objects that shape my ‘taste,’ I layer the complex etymology and associative symbolism of these specific found materials in order to both evoke subversive narratives and reveal the latent absurdities already present. In doing so, I create the Decorativas, characters that form a hermetic sci-fi narrative integrating the collective history of the found objects used in their construction, exploring the gendered politics of consumption and ornamentation, particularly in relationship to class.
By simultaneously unravelling the sexist history of softball and the fluctuating social etiquette towards women’s attire within an otherworldly narrative where trash has come to life (and rides around on its very own subway system,) the absurdity of history is at odds with that of fiction.
The Decorativas embody the contradictions of excess: they are an utterly abject yet alluring mélange of crap, a dated imprecision of grandeur that speaks more to a kitschified caricature of opulence than an epithet for luxury and a hyperbolic impression of the expectations of femininity, that in true dandy fashion, becomes queer in its surfeit.