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all material comes from the earth

ALL MATERIAL COMES FROM THE EARTH

10 outfits

upcycled fiber, plants harvested at the Deering Estate, business cards, recyclables

by Pangea Kali Virga

original soundtrack by Nico Hough

Modeling by Aeon, Lex, Maria, Jonathan, Tyra, Yadira, Nico, Pangea

Photography by- Logan Fazio, Jorge Gonzalez Graupera, Pangea Kali Virga, and Sophia.

2024

 

Commissioned by the Deering Estate for Interlocking Dimensions: Eco-Art at the Deering Contemporary.

All Material Comes From the Earth is a site-specific performance and wearable art piece installation inspired by the mango groves. This time based work consists of ten handmade unique upcycled outfits, presented outdoors on the grounds of the Deering Estate. The work begins with a runway, in which models wear the outfits, before undressing and hanging them from trees. While suspended, the garments are exposed to the elements, to wear, discolor, and altogether transform into different objects entirely through natural processes. The materials selected for the construction of the garments vary and were chosen based on their use and the interactions they inspire. These materials include donated clothing, papers, plants, and recyclables.

Above all, the work seeks to make visible the simple and often forgotten fact that all things we use in our daily life -- not only “natural” objects and materials, but also those further abstracted from their production such as synthetics, technology, and art -- come from the earth, and remain on the earth after their period of use. In this way, the work aims to confront broader questions over terms like “permanence,” “sustainability,” and “nature,” which most frequently refer to only a fragment of an object’s full life-span.

JOIN ME AT THE ESTATE FOR THREE WORKSHOPS CORRESPONDING WITH MY NEW SERIES ALL MATERIAL COMES FROM THE EARTH

Flower Crown Workshop with PANGEA KALI VIRGA, VC Exhibit Room.
Saturday,  Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. 
Deering Estate Visitor Center, Exhibit Room
Free with RSVP on Eventbrite

Weaving With Plants Workshop with PANGEA KALI VIRGA
Sunday, March 3 at 11 a.m. 
Pump House and Fig Garden
Free with RSVP on Eventbrite

Cyanotype Workshop with PANGEA KALI VIRGA
Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m. 
Pump House
Free with RSVP on Eventbrite

ALL MATERIAL COMES FROM THE EARTH

10 outfits

Title- Bark Study 1 (Scrap Collage Dress )

Medium - upcycled natural fiber scraps, resurrection fern

Dimensions - boxy tunic and drawstring tea-length skirt

Title Bark Study 2 (Collage Synthetic Mix Dress)

Medium - upcycled natural fiber scraps, resurrection fern

Dimensions - mid-length asymmetrical dress

Title- Mango study (Paper Mango Dress)

Medium - upcycled business cards, upcycled paint, string

Dimensions - mid-length asymmetrical dress

Title- Camouflage and Grass Study 

Medium - upcycled camo, grass, paint, upcycled cottons, aluminum cans

Dimensions - boxy top and drawstring pants

 

Title- Mango Leaf Study

Medium - mango leaves, upcycled cotton, upcycled nylon tulle, paint

Dimensions - wrap pants, sewn plant top

Title- Palm Study 

Medium - palm and pothos plants, upcycled nylon tulle

Dimensions - mini dress

 

Title- Plant Print Study

Medium - plants, upcycled natural fibers, bleach, bones, crystals, chain, mango leaves

Dimensions - drawstring pants and cropped button up shirt, necklace

 

Title- Mango Silhouette Study

Medium - synthetic nylon, cotton, plants

Dimensions - dress with capelet

Title-Spider Web Study

Medium - upcycled mixed fabrics, dissolvable fabric, upcycled chandelier crystal

Dimensions - dress/ spider web

 

Title- Mango Grove Ground Study

Medium - plants, shells, moss, upcycled synthetic mesh

Dimensions - dress

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the performance

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details

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process