Donna Huanca’s latest body of work, 'PANIC FEAR CRYING FITS', is inspired by and created using deconstructed garments. Like much of her previous work which pays homage to rituals, symbols and hieroglyphs, the sculptures not only resemble Huanca’s own personal experiences in relation to her nomadic way of working, but also seek to highlight the relevance of clothing as a form of communication as well as an artistic medium. Dazed catches up with the American-born artist following the recent opening of her exhibition at the PRETEEN Gallery in Mexico City.
Clothing not only carries our DNA rubbings, but as a second skin, we are communicating with each other visually without saying anything. The choice and way clothing is worn morphs into signs, asking others to stay away or come closer
Dazed Digital: What was the inspiration for 'PANIC FEAR CRYING FITS'?
Donna Huanca: In 'PANIC FEAR CRYING FITS' I am presenting four new sculptures. They are from a series of symbols, signs and my own hieroglyphics using deconstructed garments, arranged sculpturally to create new characters. Although static, they suggest movement and are read differently online than they do in real life.
DD: Can you explain the link between clothing and communication?
Donna Huanca: Clothing not only carries our DNA rubbings, but as a second skin, we are communicating with each other visually without saying anything. The choice and way clothing is worn morphs into signs, asking others to stay away or come closer.
DD: Clothing, or the aspect of wearability, features throughout your work, what is it about wearable items that interests you?
Donna Huanca: I am drawn to textiles that have sculptural potentials, texture, and ones that mimic the paintings I wish I could make. I collect clothing as well as find my inspiration in it. This is partially how I get to know a place, through its discarded clothing. When I find a good piece, I either wear it or use it in my work. I keep searching and bits and pieces are found, like clues. They are what inspire the next piece.
PANIC FEAR CRYING FITS will run from 28 June to 25 July at PRETEEN Gallery in Mexico City