Opening reception January 20th, 7-9 pm. Exhibition on view through March 1, 2018
“What will become of the world when you leave? No matter what happens, no trace of now will remain” (Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations).
Inspired by the writings of Rimbaud and Victorian mourning attire, Gail Chovan gives exaggerated form to the long deceased by adorning apparitions in hyper-stylized garments and accessories from the past. In the exhibition, Chovan uses fragments and fabrication to enshroud memories, gives form to absence and celebrates remnants as potent vehicles for resuscitation.
About the artist:
Chovan is an apparel designer, artist and educator. She studied at the University de Paris lll, NYU and ESMOD. Her work ranges from runway shows to installations of garments created from unexpected materials. Chovan has shown in venues in Austin and Marfa, Texas as well as in galleries in Paris, France. This exhibition will be her first solo show at Women & Their Work. Chavon resides in Austin with her family and is on the faculty in the Division of Textiles and Apparel in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.
Image: No Trace of Now Will Remain, 2017, assemblage of human hair, glass and Victorian clothing in Chovan’s studio (photo credit: Jessica Elaine)