Unwearable: 2010 – 2017 WOW Retrospective is Beatrice Carlson’s exclusive exhibition of her last 7 entries into the renowned World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards, plus a selection of her jewellery design, accessory design and drawings.
Beatrice Carlson is a French New Media artist living in Devonport and an eight-time finalist in the World of WearableArt Awards since 2010. She uses distinctive combinations of materials to create and assemble other-worldly garments, accessories and etchings, each of which speak to a specific theme or narrative.
Perspex, Carlson’s main medium, allows her to work on a large scale with striking colours. Her pieces are the result of modern skills and traditional art form; they are in constant movement, evolving through different techniques and mediums in all the forms of her practice: Garments, Photography, Etching, Jewellery and large prints on Perspex.
Carlson addresses the issue of identity by challenging us to rise above the social constraints of prescribed fashion trends:
“As a woman, a foreigner, a non-English speaking person, a fashion designer; my most recent work talks about identity. By trying so hard to identify ourselves, trying to fit in a group, to stick to an image, we are losing our uniqueness, our playfulness, our identity”.
Carlson’s WOW garments are heavily influenced by Pasifika and New Zealand themes and motifs, which essentially stem from the deep affinity and sense of belonging she feels for her adopted country of New Zealand. From her early fascination with fashion at the young age of 5, Carlson’s impressive assortment of work in a diverse range of media, reflect the natural evolution of her art and design skill.
Unwearable: 2010 – 2017 WOW Retrospective opens in the Vernacular Lounge at Depot Artspace on Friday 10 November, 6pm – 8pm alongside Jacqueline Macleod’s show, Memory for $ale and Robyn Gibson’s show, Solace in Familiar Things.