DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Io Palmer


  • Photo credit: Adam Davis

Leisure labor (cloud) : mixed media, 45,2 x 71 x 109 cm, 2012, © Io Palmer.

Through conventional and some prosaic material, Io Palmer makes fun of social division. Leisure Labor (cloud) embodies this distinction by playing on visual and meaningful oppositions. The 1920 bobby pins, inspired by the beaded dresses of Charles Frederick Worth, father of the haute couture, in contrast to the sweeping brushes planted in the middle of the structure that unites them. The choice of materials reminds colour codes, both present and absent. Hairpins refer to shine and remind opalescent chandeliers from the early twentieth century. The sweeping brushes refer to dirtyness, dark and impurity. There are two opposing worlds but they form a reassuring balance since both are part of a protected world, an orange cloud - color in public places that means security and attention. Made from the back of a canvas, Leisure Labor (cloud) may be an allusion to the art market made of centres and peripheries. Not to mention that if art is a leisure for some, it is a work for others.

Io Palmer was born in Hydra- a Greek island off the coast of the Peleponesse. Through depictions of cleaning products, laborers’ garments, and various other industrial and domestic forms, Io Palmer’s artworks explore complex issues of class and race. Trained originally as a ceramicist, Palmer uses a variety of processes and materials including fabric, steel and sound. Palmer has been featured in several national and international exhibitions including Working History at Reed College in Portland, OR, US; Hair Follies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Inside Out, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD, US. She has participated in residencies at Sanskriti, New Delhi, India; the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, US; Art Channel, Beijing, China and Ucross, Clermont ,WY, US. Io recently received an Idaho Commission on the Arts Grant, US (2013). She holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia , PA, US and an MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, US. Io is currently associate professor at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, US.

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