Unlearning the Garment from the Body is a process of taking apart existing garments--garments that I have found and collected over the years, and garments that I have made myself--in order to question the relationship between the garment and the body. The garments are cut apart and deconstructed, and then hand sewn back together. But they are not exact or precise reconstructions. This process is not about taking something apart, only to put it back exactly the way you found it. A dress form is used to build these new pieces. It gives an armature to build off of, but it no way determines how the garments are worn. There are openings for limbs, torsos and necks. But they are not documented on a body. Because they are meant to make you question how they interact with and on a body. Are they garments or are they sculpture? Maybe they are both. Maybe they are neither.



Sasha de Koninck is an artist and researcher from Santa Monica, CA. She decided to leave the west coast and all of its wonderful weather to explore the city of Baltimore and the greater east coast to complete her undergraduate education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She graduated in 2013 with a B.F.A. in fibers, a minor in creative writing and a concentration in sound art. The next leg of her journey led her to the Windy City, where she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies. She is currently a PhD student in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she works with Laura Devendorf.

Things to -un-

Unlearning|Unmaking|Unforgetting| Unpracticing|Unembodying|

Process of discovery
Unlearning with hands
Unlearning the hand

Things that are ingrained
Things that are inherent
Things that are heir apparent

Playing with language
Playing with shape
Changing forms

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