[video created for the Wave Hill Gallery exhibition in NYC titled "Tandem Pursuits: Ichthyology and Armor", Sep 15 - Dec 1, 2013]
For this project, I was inspired by the sudden and quite comical defense system of blowfish to research ways in which humans could benefit from and appropriate these behaviors. My defensive dress has four rip-stop nylon bladders connected to four muffin fans that inflate when I make a fist and connect the two black leads snaking around my arm into my hand. Appearing long, dark and elegant at rest, the dress transforms as the bladders inflate causing the outer layer to slip back and expose the vibrant teal skirt beneath. This dress, originally shown at the Exploratorium wearable art show called "2nd Skin", is designed to camouflage to a cocktail party and to inflate like a blowfish when the wearer is intimidated.
Amisha Gadani is an artist interested in unique animal morphologies and adaptations; from swarming behaviors and elegant defense mechanisms, to superorganisms and animals of the deep sea. Her artwork ranges from paintings and videos to kinetic sculpture and interactive wearables like her on-going series of animal-inspired defensive dresses.
Amisha lives in Los Angeles and works as the artist in resident in the UCLA evolutionary biology lab of Dr. Michael Alfaro, and in the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. Her work has shown in San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Pittsburgh and has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, and Scientific American.