Slowly Incorporated Into the Second Best | 30″ x 25″ | Crayon, Blanket, Gromets| 2021
Feather Chiaverini is an artist who makes costumes, props, and performances that explore issues related to poverty, skill, and Queer theory. Feather’s work is informed by the theatrical trades and material-vocabularies of their ancestry; Feather’s mother was an actor; their father owned a costume shop. Inspired by devised theater techniques, Feather builds immersive installations, soft sculptures, and digital environments to imagine new futures and create utopias.
Interest in the multiple roles of costume began early for Feather, as they witnessed the many lives one costume could possess without ever sacrificing its origin. With resilience and pluralism, they create props and costumes that are in a constant state of becoming. Feather embraces an amateur or ‘de-skilled’ aesthetic, elevating the utilitarian and everyday object in the process. Their aesthetic and the quickness with which they make and manipulate materials speaks to the resilience and resourcefulness of Queer, communities.