On November 8th, I presented an installation at The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts that I collaborated on with Meredith Monk, called The Conversation. I was inspired by two pieces from PEM's collection: the Vizagapatam chair and the Zanzibar throne.
I worked with John Daina-Palmero and textile designer Gina Gregorio on reproducing the motifs into the pattern pieces. The Vizagapatam dress turned out to be 18 yards long when it was printed.
Meredith chose pieces from her work Volcano Songs, 1993 and two pieces from Songs from the Hill, 1977.
The mannequins had speakers as heads and were facing each other as if they were singing to one another.
Detail of Zanzibar coat:
Detail of Vizagapatam dress:
Video will soon follow.