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Transcript of Nick Cave
He is an American sculptor,
fabric artist, performance artist
Cave's first Soundsuit
was made of twigs.
He is best known for his Soundsuits:
wearable fabric sculptures that are bright,
whimsical, and other-worldly.
Nick Cave was raised in Missouri by a single mother. He had many siblings, and the family was of modest means. Cave attributes his interest in found objects and assemblage to his childhood circumstances.
His suits are presented for public viewing as static sculptures, but also through live performance, video, and photographs.
Nick Cave is a Professor and Chair of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches in the Fiber Arts Program. He has led numerous workshops on topics such as Extending the Body: Experiments in Clothing and has designed, manufactured, and marketed his own line of men’s and women’s clothing and ran a successful clothing company in Chicago. He has received numerous awards including the United States Artist Fellow Award (2006), Joyce Award (2006), Artadia Award (2005), Creative Capital Grant (2005, 2004, 2001), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2001), and National Endowment for the Arts (1991). Cave has performed around the world—and, with this exhibition, is looking forward to watching others perform in his Soundsuits.
Traditional African costumes are worn in conjunction with masks for ceremonial rituals and dances.
Other typical materials include dyed human hair, sisal, plastic buttons, beads, sequins, and feathers.
The finished pieces bear some resemblance to African ceremonial costumes and masks.
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