Saturday May 11, 2013
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Talk and demonstration with Vancouver-based guest artist Nicole Dextras, who will give a special presentation about her Urban Foragers and Weedrobes series.
Plus the Nomadik Harvest Dress featured in the Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers exhibition will be animated to demonstrate its transformation from garment to shelter. The garments, rich in texture and plant material, are wearable architectures that transform the confining structure of the hoop skirt into portable shelters and gardens. The Nomadik Harvest Dress is based on the Mongolian ger (yurt). The traditional felt membrane of the ger is replaced with a covering made from secondhand wool sweaters, which provide comparable warmth and waterproofing. The dress will also display a variety of New Mexico’s indigenous edible plants and a communal dish will be served. Nicole Dextras is an environmental artist whose artworks follow the seasons, working with ice in the winter and plant materials in the summer. She records the passage of time inherent in her ephemeral installations through photographs that she later exhibits. The socially engaged aspects of her art practice have been influenced by her work in theatre, dance and community based productions. Dextras is a graduate of Emily Carr University, where she has taught for the past eight years. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been featured in numerous publications.