Rachel Hines

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Photo by Maggie Hudson

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Wearing a long dress that culminates in a full tent, viewers were allowed to enter as they please.

Playing on the idea of private spaces made public, I invited viewers to camp out in my skirt. Growing up in the Northwest I teetered between feminism and femininity on a daily basis. Enjoying the freedom and versatility of a dress was as much a part of the decision to wear it as was theĀ aestheticĀ and cultural aspects that came along with that choice.

While camping, the personal becomes public. You sleep, eat, and survive alongside your friends. No habit goes unnoticed and all is revealed. In this performance the viewer was separated from me only by a thin layer of cloth.

At the end of the performance the skirt was unhooked from the tent, and I walked into the gallery wearing the remnants – a 1950’s style dress and jacket made from various parts of four tents.

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