Permanent CollectionSculpture

Beverly Semmes

(Washington, D.C.)

Shadow, 1992

rayon organza and t-pins

70 1/4 in. x 44 in.

Beverly Semmes (born 1958 in Washington, D.C) is an american artist based in New York City. She received a BA in art history and, in 1982, a BFA, after attending the Boston Museum School, the Skowhegan School of Art. Semmes teaches sculpture at the Steinhardt School of New York University and the Pratt Institute.

Shadow is a monumental, translucent dress that looks as though it were made for a giant. There is a skin-like quality to the layers of the material, as if it diffuses the penetrating light. The sheer size allows the essentially utilitarian garment to become transcendent; to wear the dress would be to lose one’s self in the sensory experience of the folds of fabric, and in their expansiveness into the environment.