Stories the Hummingbird Told Me



These dresses are about resurrecting the past and preserving the present.

I started with dated second-hand pieces of clothing that I feel carry certain psychological weight: the once-prized party dress or previously useful scrub gown that were no longer of use to their original owners. These dresses I then dipped in wet plaster and left to dry over a form.

The painted flora and fauna refer to the life teeming around the farmhouse where I lived. A hummingbird often visited me because of my bright frock and gave me the inspiration to depict the wondrous wildlife I watched (with held breath)!


Installed at the UVSC Woodbury Gallery in Orem, Utah the summer of 2003.

© Copyright 2008 Jen Harmon Allen