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‘Dwelling in Clothes' on Display at BCC
Oct 31, 2012

"Dwelling in Clothes" an exhibit by Kate S. Hamilton, will be on display in the Koussevitzky Art Gallery at Berkshire Community College (BCC) from Monday, November 12 through Friday, December 14.

Hamilton states "This installation is an investigation into aspects of garment: as shelter, symbol and metaphor, in reality and dream.

Garments are social and sacred symbols but they are also consumer products often tossed out when they grow old. They reveal and conceal. Humans live in them; they come to life on us. When empty, they speak to the absent human.

I work with archival glassine paper and paper-like nylon sail material, both chosen for their translucent qualities and ability to hold wrinkles. I work in several scales: some of the work is human size and some is the laundry of giants.

My question is: what do clothes mean? I hope to find hidden truths we may need to know.
Clothes are familiar: common objects of identity. Can beauty be found in such ordinary things? Can gold be spun from straw?"

Kate Hamilton is a sculptor, costumer and designer who lives and works in New Paltz, New York. Currently, she is designing a garment set for ‘La Voix Humaine', a telephonic opera, to be staged in Zurich and New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts, from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island where she majored in sculpture; studied drawing, puppetry and ceramic sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design in providence Rhode Island; draping and pattern making at Parsons School of Design in New York City; and millinery, draping and sewing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Her work has been featured in several publications such as Country Living, Child, Family Circle, and the New York Times. Hamilton's exhibits have been displayed in Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

Hamilton will discuss her exhibit Thursday, November 29 at 12:15 PM in K-111 on BCC's main campus. Forum credit is available for BCC students attending this discussion.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in BCC's Koussevitzky Arts Center. Gallery hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

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