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Sean Riley : Denim

June 10th, 2016 · No Comments


Sean Riley is an artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. His series Denim is a meticulous¬†deconstruction of blue jeans having belonged to the artist’s father.

“I use material to give form to the formless and to speak truth to that which often goes unspoken. Following material and research, I immerse myself into content and work across several media in search of transformation. In the transformation of material is the art. To imbue material with properties it does not normally posses is to heighten sensuality, to disrupt expectation, and to cultivate curiosity.

Since 2008 I have been working on a memorial project using the clothing I inherited from my father. His clothing as a material is very common and familiar and so has allowed me to use a very personal experience to reflect on collective experiences of loss, memory and time. What measures a life? How do we remember and honor those who came before us?”

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