Green Volume is a collection of pre-loved and recycled garments embroidered with the stories, mantras, and art that assists others in getting through each hour, day, week or month, of even more permanent and trying times of solitude and isolation. Garments will be made available for sale and all monies raised from the sale of these garments will be donated to Sisters Inside, an independent organisation that advocates for the collective human rights of women and girls in prison.
"Post-COVID I would like to see more people use their space to push the voice of others but hand over the mic rather than speak on their behalf. Although this is a broad connection to the theme 'Permanent Revolution', this action is surprisingly still seen as a radical action—the mass non-performative action of the majority stepping back and muting themselves to make way for the often voiceless. Through what will be temporary isolation for the general public, the majority have still had to assess the impacts of seclusion (mental health, frustration, inconvenience, income loss). However, it has also provided a snapshot of the serious implications isolation can have on others (fear, danger, helplessness), and perhaps provide some perspective on those who live like this in a far more permanent situation."
—Chantal Fraser, 2020
Chantal Fraser is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the binary and ternary connotations of adornment and silhouette when presented in varying artistic contexts. Her work questions reader relevance by subverting the perpetual cultural and anthropological interpretations of the objects made.
Chantal Fraser, Green Volume, collection of embroidery on preloved garments.
The first garment produced through this commission will be on display at IMA Belltower from 13 August. Garments will be available for sale via the IMA Gallery Shop in the coming weeks.