Can we accept the transitory, embrace it?, embroidery, 2019
When we come across a hole within our sweater our first reaction is often to throw it away. It seems like we are afraid of what other people might think of us if we would continue to wear an imperfect piece of clothing. But what if we would choose to embrace this transitory aspect and look at it as an opportunity for these garments to evolve with us through time? For this reason, I decided to fill the holes of a sweater with fallen leaves from a Pilea Peperomioides. These leaves will degrade a little bit every day, revealing again the hole underneath, after which the process can start again. This creates a collaborative circle between the plant, myself and the sweater. This way, I try not to hide the transitory aspect of the holes but instead accept and embrace it.
"Every day our garments become more assimilated to ourselves, receiving the impress of the wearer's character, until we hesitate to lay them aside without such delay and medical appliances and some such solemnity even as our bodies. No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience. But even if the rent is not mended, perhaps the worst vice betrayed is improvidence. I sometimes try my acquaintances by such tests as this -- Who could wear a patch, or two extra seams only, over the knee? Most behave as if they believed that their prospects for life would be ruined if they should do it. It would be easier for them to hobble to town with a broken leg than with a broken pantaloon." - Henry David Thoreau