Recto | Verso
For the 2007-2008 Fellows Exhibition
Taubman College Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
An installation project created to investigate the textile manufacturing industries of China: their labor force and the uncanny scale of their operations (with its roots in 19th C. western industrialization). The entire paper clothing installation is sewn, stitched, and folded out of vellum and newsprint with Chinese text of Mao’s Little Red Book printed on one side, English translation on the other. Recto|Verso, two sides of the same thing, not only refers to the alien yet familiar world of east/west manufacturing but also the paradoxical outcome of the Cultural Revolution, of capitalism, fashion, and consumerism. This is the 2nd of the series of folded paper clothing production.