Chicago-based artist Nick Cave crafts wearable sculptures from woven hair, found objects, ceramics, metal and beads. His Soundsuits, named after the noises they emit while worn, evoke both indigenous ceremonial performance and theatrical costuming. The allusion to the stage is no coincidence: Cave previously studied and danced with Alvin Ailey, whose embodiment of spiritual and geographical memory clearly resonates in Cave's work. Soundsuits reimagines these cultural influences as a carefully crafted skin, which reveals aspects of the artist while concealing the wearer.
:nick cave at jack shainman gallery thru february 7; nick cave personal statement