Artist’s Uniform #2: The Year I Paid People To Buy Me Clothes

(05/17/2003-11/03/2004)

Rooted in the question "What would be the opposite of wearing pink?" Artist’s Uniform #2: The Year I Paid People To Buy Me Clothes deferred the responsibility of forming my new post-pink identity to others. Because the pink project ended the day I graduated, I decided to invite seven members of the art faculty to collaborate on the next installment of Artist’s Uniform. This gesture not only reflected the semi-parental relationship between student and teacher but also mirrored the financial investment I had made in them. Once they agreed to participate, I gave them my measurements and paid them each $142.86 to purchase new, used, or commissioned clothing. They had no restrictions or rules, but were collectively responsible for and independently expected to provide me my new uniform. This project lasted until I felt that I had “cut the cord” from CalArts and had established my own identity as an artist in Los Angeles.

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