Art Info / Item Details
Kat Marks, 2009
Featured in the SHOWcabinet: Prosthetics exhibition
Materials: Plastic, polyurethane, rubber and resin
Dimensions: 65 cm / 25.5 inch (circumference at waist)
Kat Marks draws out the sculptural qualities of the human form by dressing the torso in this solid armor-like brace. While dressing up the torso, the empowering structure alludes to nudity - emphasising, exaggerating and plasticising the body of the wearer in this exciting vision of the future.
This piece was part of her debut collection ‘Infundibulum, The Braces.’ Inspired by her own experience of having to wear a Boston Back Brace to redirect the curvature of her spine in her adolescence, Marks created this vacuum-formed thermo-plastic brace. Remaining true to the original function of the brace, this stylised piece holds the waist in tight and accentuates the hips, exaggerating a shape which echoes an hour glass figure. No longer does the brace read as medical accoutrement but rather speaks to fashionable ideals of beauty and sexuality.