We are interested in the land and the body as sites of seduction. Dress Tents are a fusion of architecture, the body and the land played out through living sculpture, moving images and still photography. The wearable architecture is installed and worn in the landscape in order to be photographed. Humor is paramount in these photographs, which are meant to be alluring and whimsical. In other instances, the installations are performed and displayed in a gallery or museum as interactive living sculptures. These tent-like forms are worn at the opening reception and additional scheduled performance times. A dress form substitutes for the figure during the duration of the exhibition. On occasion the Dress Tents are commissioned as semi- permanent, interactive public art installations. The interior of the installations house video and sound pieces that refer to the original landscape. The Dress Tent project investigates desire from a female centered perspective and uses seduction as a vehicle to explore the relationship between the body and the land. The Dress Tents question what is up, under a women’s skirt in the 21st century.
Edible Dress Tent explores the seductive allure of Montalvo’s landscape as well as the appeal of the contemporary urban farmer. The striped awning of the dress alludes to a farmer’s outdoor overalls; the colors of the dress attract local birds and butterflies. Edibles, pollens, scents and flowers surround and grow up the structure adding to the attraction. The structure of the Dress Tent also references Montalvo’s architectural features, including the garden gazebo and the historic Villa’s iconic archways.
Edible Dress Tent serves as an intimate retreat. The awning provides shelter from the hot sun. The interior swing provides visitors with a place to rest. Edible delicacies produced from plantings growing up the side of the dress are served to artists at the Lucas Artists Residency Program. The interior of the Dress Tent is also a sound installation. A sound track layering pick-up lines, mating calls and songs further highlights the interdependent nature of desire as experienced at Montalvo. The formal gardens and grounds are filled with the romance of visiting artists, newlyweds, nature lovers, and the birds and the bees.