erin smego

I make site-specific installations and sculptures which function as a conceptual practice to assay and deconstruct fashion trends. I utilize industrial materials (e.g. lumber, screws, staples) and iridescent skins, navigating current fashion elements, encapsulating relevant culture (say, athleti-leisure) into minimal, angular art objects and installations.

These sculptures and installations range in scale up to as large as thirty feet by thirty feet.

Deconstructing these ready-made materials (bodysuits, sports bras, leggings, make-up bags, etc.) hold inherent implications of a certain vibe, which is relevant in current culture whether one accepts or rejects current trends. Deconstructing and stapling these relatable materials in a playful yet minimal manner twists the perspective on what an ideal formal art object should be. Everyday elements implicate intimate ideas about one's self that we project. I heavily consider and gravitate toward gender-neutral or unisex colors to encapsulate these concepts, questioning what that entails. Cerulean iridescent jackets, subtle silver and rainbow leggings, lilac make-up bags, periwinkle cashmere bodysuits, or fuschia vinyl backpacks combine with traditional construction materials to form sculptures that are both masculine, feminine, and neither simultaneously.