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Feather Chiaverini

Slowly Incorporated Into the Second Best | 30″ x 25″ | Crayon, Blanket, Gromets| 2021

Artist Statement

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. 

Artwork/s at the following locations:
N’Namdi Center For Contemporary Art
Public Pool

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram  @Feather_chiaverini

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.