My Body, Your Body is an offering, and a call to action. It is indignation. It is both resolve and futility. It is in essence, a thinking through of the exploitation of bodies. It takes the sheep as example. Sheep become a natural resource, a right and not a privilege: an expendable good. Ancient and biblical, they are the metaphor of the empty-headed follower, the lemming, the flock.
My Body, Your Body documents the transition from bodies into material, wool into thread, offerings into takings. Your body is not yours, but everyone else’s. It never has been yours, and never will be. Bodies perform for others, but how? Using the sheep as a guide, weavings were created from raw wool that has been cleaned, carded, spun, dyed, woven, and stitched together into panels. Through weavings, video works and participatory print-making, visitors are invited to engage with the works.
By taking part in the exhibition, is it possible that my body can become your body? That was already the case.
Dain DeltaDawn is a trans nonbinary interdisciplinary artist and curator who makes work about the landscape of queerness and how we perceive it through disseminating information like diagrams and tutorials. They hold an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, both in fiber, and have explored and exhibited around the country. They have held residencies and fellowships at BRIC, Caldera Arts, Offshore Residency, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE Residency, Wassaic Project, and have participated in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. DeltaDawn’s most recent projects have included a Media Arts Fellowship at BRIC Arts Media (Brooklyn, NY), as well as exhibitions at ChaShaMa (Brooklyn, NY), Paradice Palase (Brooklyn, NY), Fjord (Philadelphia, PA), The Heidelberg Project (Detroit, MI), Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), and ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL). In 2020, their work will be included in Queer Threads at Katzen Arts Center, American University (Washington, D.C.). Dain DeltaDawn is currently living and working in New York City and is an adjunct faculty member in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, as well as the Associate Director of Geary- a Manhattan gallery that exhibits emerging and mid-career artists.
All photographs by Rustin McCann
Special thanks to our collaborators H SPACE for all their support.