K.OSS Contemporary Art is pleased to present a collection of work by Detroit fiber artist Annica Cuppetelli.
The exhibit, "Measures of Constriction," reveals a long-running theme in Cuppetelli’s work -- the intervention of fashion on the female body.
Interested in how fashion is tailored to constrict the female figure and ultimately, to transform it, the artist borrows techniques and materials from garment-making to create forms that evoke fashion but function instead as sculpture and space. They are at once ethereal and sculptural, imperfect yet refined. The use of boning as a material recalls the corset, while weaving and basketry reference traditional techniques associated with female labor. Instead of adhering to the conventions of wrapping and concealing typical of fashion design, Cuppetelli uses form, technique and materials to confront deeper questions about the female body and identity.
Spanning a decade of impressive solo and group exhibits around the world, she has regularly collaborated with Cristobal Mendoza (their previous joint exhibit “Linear Cycle #4” was shown at the K.OSS Contemporary Art gallery). A graduate of CCS (BFA, Fiber and Ceramics) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, Fiber), Cuppetelli is a Kresge Arts Fellow, as well as a previous artist in residence at Wassaic Projects and Santa Fe Art Institute, among others. She is a lecturer at the Stamps School of Art and Design and an instructor at CCS.