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CUT and PASTE Artist Statement

Tapping into an extensive vocabulary that includes the antique and traditional in merger with the new and unusual, and the ceremonial in confluence with everyday lifestyle, I take a painter's revisionist approach to clothing construction, adding and subtracting elements until arriving at the rightful and sublime.

Admixtures of fabrics are cut and pieced, overlapping into collage compositions of wearable reversible forms = tunix, jax, vesties and bagettes [luxurious velvets, luminous silks, intricate jacquards]. Within the context of my art training and studio experience as painter, stage, and costume designer, my work is inspired by Asian and the American southwest styles of dress.

As collectibles, my pieces have been installed as wall art on unique copper/branch hangers.

-- Marlene Housner