HELOISE AUDY & JUDY FLAUBERT- The Hive-Dress (La robe-ruche)@ A Space Gallery. April 28-June 3, 2006.
The Hive-Dress is a mixed media installation by Quebec artists Heloise Audy and Julie Flaubert, both known for site-specific work that addresses the body and issues of space, memory and language using both high and low technologies.
The "dress," a structure comprised of swatches of fabric Audy and Flaubert collected in the factories of Montreal's garment district, poignantly articulates both the internal and external plight of the seamstress. Within the coccoon-like fabric hive, one can read handwritten tags documenting the innermost thoughts of hundreds of garment workers, ranging from the profound ("Respect for each of our sisters...," "...the journey is long.") to the everyday ("What should I make him for dinner?"). The collected "reveries," written in each woman's own hand and native language, beautifully articulates the universality of the workday, where behind every action lies a dream or invisible thought; where the physical world and the sublime converge.
Heloise and Flaubert's Hive-Dress paints a poignant picture of the world of seamstress, and serves as a monument to not only the unseen worker, but millions of fleeting thoughts, held close, yet left unsaid.