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Human Uniform . Spring 2015

Inspired by a visit to the Harvard Mineralogical Museum, Human Uniform addresses human's connections with minerals. The wearable art piece is made out of salt encrusted fabric strips that were made by creating a bed of water and salt in my dorm room and submerging the piece in it for a week, allowing the water to evaporate and the salt to stick. The strips tie to the extremities and different structural points through the body - the fingers, the waist, the neck. The performance focused on showing the relationships between different parts of the body - when the arm pulled, the strips would pull and create discomfort in other areas of the body by creating friction between the skin and the salt. Similar to how humans are quickly reducing the precious stones around the world for their personal use, at the beginning of the performance the piece is full of salt, but towards the end the salt is all over the floor and the human is left with no minerals.

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