Artist Camilla Huey’s exhibition of corset portraits.
Encompassing the creation of personified portraits of nine women of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. An elegant meshing of fashion, art, American history and feminism from atelier to exhibition.
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The exhibit The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry & Binding paid homage to the women who surrounded and influenced the controversial founding father in the historic and haunted period rooms of the 250 year old Morris-Jumel Mansion. Drawing connections between her own interpretive work and the historic corsets, artist Camilla Huey speaks to the changing architectural, structural, and functional forms of corsets, corset-making materials, and methodologies. Employing these forms in her own unique approach to creating portraits of 18th and 19th century women, through ephemera, fetishism, material culture, and letters, the artist invites the audience to follow both design and historic research as she explores biographical narrative.
The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry & Binding Documentary Film
offers a close view into the process used to create the corset portraits of nine women in the social network surrounding Founding Father, Aaron Burr. In 1792, Burr was near solitary among the founders in his belief along side that of Mary Wollstonecraft’s writing in the Vindication of the Rights of Women, to contend that not only were women as intelligent as men, and to be educated as such, but that they have "souls.” The narrative of the film follows the design process from the atelier to exhibition. Appropriately staged at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, each portrait was created within a period appropriate corset binding hand transcribed letters, symbolizing each woman's "body of work" in sheer volume. Through this film the viewer as voyeur is invited to peer indiscreetly into the private life of each woman The film encapsulates the artist's process, truly fulfilling the project's vision.
Camilla Huey (artist/couturière) best known for the gowns and corsets she has produced for celebrities such as Oprah, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry in her garment district atelier. Huey has exhibited in New York at the Bard Graduate Center, Wave Hill and the Morris-Jumel Mansion.