JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND




Title: Trickle Down Affect

Date: 2017


Medium: Performance; Still from a live performance in Albany NY, USA. Hand dyed Cochineal (fibre reactive dye) with Iron mordant


This performance took place at Art’s Letters and Numbers residency in Albany, New York. This piece took three different adaptations: the live performance,  the dress on display, and the video/photo documentation of the work. The dress was dyed with cochineal red natural dye which comes from raw dried scale insects in the suborder Sternorrhyncha. “Cochineal is a fibre reactive dye, meaning it attaches permanently to cellulose fibres using a covalent (electron-sharing) bond. These molecules carry a chromophore which absorbs varying spectrums of the light, allowing only certain spectrums to reflect. It physically bounds with the material, becoming part of its make up and when it comes into contact with certain natural occurring mordant (in this case Iron) a chemical reaction occurs, not just a dye job. A chemical phenomenon which again changes the makeup/ structure of the material. Which was used in this instant as a tool and a conceptual layer speaking to intergenerational trauma and the skin.