"Soundsuits" by Nick Cave
“I enjoy working with this sculpture because it challenges people’s preconceptions and stereotypes,” says Karen Gerety Folk, curator of education at the Nerman. “It is a colorful, textile sculpture that has a human presence.”
Artist Nick Cave has created more than 100 “soundsuit” sculptures, so-named because of the rattles and other audible sounds they make when worn by a performer. The multi-layered garments are uniquely individual and constructed of thousands of sequins, beads and other found materials.
The back of the soundsuit at the Nerman is mostly black and white with bold, geometric designs; the front of the sculpture is colorful and organic, all hand-sewn into fabric into a cape-like armature. This soundsuit, like most of his works, is completely wearable.
“People have a strong, aesthetic attraction to it,” says Folk. “This work definitely draws people into it.”