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Intergalactic Baby Boy Porcelain, felt, and found fabrics. 16" x 12" x 9"

Galactic Empress Necklace

Necklace for a Space queen. This necklace is made of a copper electroform , silk velvet, gold lame', pierced and riveted brass with copper rivets .

Big Girl Wanna Play Too

BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.

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About Gina

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

Gina Alexandra Denton is a visual artist based in Baltimore, MD. Her sculptural practice is rooted in intuitive play, and her material index spans several craft based media, including fiber ceramics, and metalsmithing. Viewing art making as a form of intuitive cosmology, Gina creates work that explores the concept of space, both internal and external, micro and Marco. Her interactive, modular, “playable” sculptures aim to cast the viewer in the role of the mystical child who, upon encountering... more

Social Armour/Body Objects

For the past year and a half I have been making wearable objects that explore the concept of adornment as a form of social armour. Using textiles, and traditional metalsmithing techniques, I aim to create wearable art that pushes the boundaries between fashion, and sculpture, and subverts the notion of jewelry as a delicate afterthought.

  • Galactic Empress Necklace

    Gina Denton, Jewelry, Metals, Metalsmith, wearable art
    This Necklace employs multiple techniques in its fabrication. The center ring is a copper electroform, the two adjacent are silk velvet with hand sewn gold lame' details, the rest is fabricated from pierced brass, with copper rivets and chain. I wanted to make a necklace that was both regal, and otherworldly.
  • RIPE (ring)

    Gina Denton, Jewelry, Metals, Metalsmith, wearable art
    This ring is a copper electroform originally sculpted in wax.
  • Evil Eye Amulet

    Gina Denton, Jewelry, Metals, Metalsmith, wearable art
    This pierced brass evil eye is my own variation on the classic protection amulet that is seen across cultures and time periods. It is intended to protect the wearer from the negative energy of a jealous person. It measures 4" wide and is 3.5" in height.
  • Soft chain

    Gina Denton, Jewelry, Metals, Metalsmith, wearable art
    One of many of my custom soft chain necklaces. This piece is made of stitched, and stuffed up-cycled, and hand painted fabrics.

Panspermia. An intuitive Cosmology of Objects. (2008-2018)

As described by Wikipedia, " Panspermia is the hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by space dust, meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids, and also by spacecraft carrying unintended contamination by microorganisms."

Thie Project, is a culmination of ten years of devotional object making spanning from 2008-2018. My point of inspiration for these works is what I can only describe as my own "intuitive cosmology"

The objects presented in this series that I call "panspermia" are what I refer to as "Intimate Objects", as they are objects that are meant to be touched and held close to the body. By adding a tactile dimension to the experience of the work, my aim is to invite the viewer to have an intimate experience with the art object. That experience may evoke sense memories of tactile experiences with comfort objects, and toys in ones youth. the objects are sized as to be held in the arms, often at the height of ones chest.

These pieces are the direct result of my long standing fascination with art objects as toys, and vice versa. I invite the viewer to touch these pieces. To hold them as they would a doll, or a devotional fetish object. I love to create toy-like objects that, beneath thier bright tactile surfaces, invoke the uncanny chaos of nature that is simultaneously our source of life, and the cause of all death.

  • #1 StarChild

    Gina Denton, #1 StarChild  Ceramic, hand felted wool, faux fur, hand painted muslin, poly-fill. 2018
    #1 StarChild Ceramic, hand felted wool, faux fur, hand painted muslin, poly-fill. 11" x 11" x 7" With the introduction of ceramics as a medium, I wanted this sculpture, and it's companion, "Intergalactic Baby Boy" to be as inviting to the touch as humanly possible, yet have as many extreme texture shifts as possible. These sculptures are intimate objects, and are intended to be experienced through touch as well as sight. 2018
  • #1 StarChid (detail)

    Gia Denton, Sculpture, Fiber , #1 StarChild.
    #1 StarChild (alternate view) Ceramic, hand felted wool, faux fur, hand painted muslin, poly-fill. 11" x 11" x 7" 2018 With the introduction of ceramics as a medium, I wanted this sculpture, and it's companion, "Intergalactic Baby Boy" to be as inviting to the touch as humanly possible by having as many extreme texture shifts as possible. These sculptures are intimate objects, and are intended to be experienced through touch as well as sight. This sculpture has no "right side", and can be held or displayed any way the viewer prefers.
  • Intergalactic Baby Boy

    Gina Denton, Intergalactic Baby Boy, Sculpture, Fiber, Playable Sculpture, ceramic,
    Intergalactic Baby Boy Porcelain, felt, and found fabrics. 16" x 12" x 9" 2018 With the introduction of ceramics as a medium, I wanted this sculpture, and it's companion, "#1 StarChild" to be as inviting to the touch as humanly possible by creating a piece with as as many extreme texture shifts as possible. These sculptures are intimate objects, and are intended to be experienced through touch as well as sight. These objects have no "right side", and can be moved, held, and displayed at the whim of the viewer.
  • Intergalactic Baby Boy (Alternate view)

    Gina Denton, Intergalactic Baby Boy, Sculpture, Fiber, Playable Sculpture, ceramic,
    Intergalactic Baby Boy Porcelain, felt, and found fabrics. 16" x 12" x 9" 2018 Intergalactic Baby Boy Porcelain, felt, and found fabrics. 16" x 12" x 9" 2018 With the introduction of ceramics as a medium, I wanted this sculpture, and it's companion, "#1 StarChild" to be as inviting to the touch as humanly possible by having as many extreme texture shifts as possible. These sculptures are intimate objects, and are intended to be experienced through touch as well as sight.
  • Extra Terrestrial Teratoma #3

    Hand sewn, and dyed, and hand felted wool, poly fill, and up cycled fabrics. 7"x12"x5.5" 2017
  • Extra Terrestrial Teratoma #2

    Hand sewn, and dyed, and hand felted wool, poly fill, and up cycled fabrics. 9"x13"6" 2017
  • Alien Autopsy

    Hand sewn, and dyed, and hand felted wool, Hand spun yarn, hand dyed fabric, poly fill, and up cycled fabrics. A pieces together roughlt 6"x20"x20" 2009
  • Extra Terrestrial Teratoma #1

    Hand sewn, and dyed, and hand felted wool, poly fill, human hair, and up cycled fabrics.
  • Heart of The Beast

    Gina Denton, sculpture, fiber art, the heart of the beast
    These pieces were created to represent what I thought the hearts of imaginary, or alien creatures looked like. Hand sewn, and dyed, and hand felted wool, poly fill, and up cycled fabrics, yarn, and glass beads. As shown 7"x19"x19" 2007
  • Rhizonoma

    Wound acrylic yarn. Crocheted and felted wool. 40"x22"x27" 2008

Big Girl Wanna Play Too

BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship.

BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of Elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium. It also adds to the wardrobe in the form of a series of fat, plush wearable pieces that hopefully begin a tradition for future residents to create thoughtful wearable art/ couture for the collection, from the collection.

Photos courtesy of Elsewhere Museum

Photo credit: Guido Portel

  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.
  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.
  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.
  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.
  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.
  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.
  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.
  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.
  • BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO

    BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO Is a project that I completed at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Baltimore Goes Elsewhere 2017 exchange fellowship. BIG GIRL WANNA PLAY TOO is a modular, playable sculpture and wearable line that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression . It lives in the "Transormatorium" or wardrobe of elsewhere museum, and utilizes Elsewhere's vast collection of mid century upholstery fabrics as a primary medium.

Hand Built Ceramics.

I love hand building with clay. My predilection within this medium is to create mid-size to large functional vessels whose surfaces display hyper graphic-glaze patterns that reflect my drawing style, interest in pattern, and fascination with the interplay with the micro, and macro cosmos.

Adult Baby Toy

ADULT BABY TOY
2015
Adult Baby Toy was a solo installation I created at EMP Collective in Baltimore, MD in 2015. Adult Baby toy was an exploration of personal storytelling through intuitive symbol magic, and tactile play. With Adult Baby Toy, I created an interactive, modular, “choose your own adventure” installation with a series of large floor sculptures wherein the viewers were invited to re arrange and re create forms through play. The forms, in some ways resembled games or tactile learning toys for toddlers, but on a deeper level, the basic forms of each sculpture referenced a type of tantric symbol painting named Kohbar, wherein basic tantric symbols (such as the lingam, and the yoni) are intertwined in an image to symbolize balanced unions between masculine and feminine identified energies. Within my installation, however, the basic symbols are skewed in size, shape and arrangement as to hint at a more realistic, personal, and at times unbalanced power dynamic within a given binary, or non binary relationship.

  • Adult Baby Toy (Krishna within a Yoni)

    The central form in my modular/playable installation Adult Baby Toy from 2015. Created from painted canvas, poly-fill, yarn, paper mache, and a steel armature. Dimensions of this pice are roughly 5'x9'x6'
  • Learning To Stand

    Learning To Stand is a modular/playable sculpture that was a part of my 2015 installation titled Adult Baby Toy. It's materials are painted canvas, found fabrics, poly-fill, paper mache, and a steel armature. rough dimensions 5'x3'x2.5'
  • First Dance

    First Dance is a modular/playable sculpture that was a part of my 2015 installation titled Adult Baby Toy. It's materials are painted canvas,yarn, fabrics, poly-fill, paper mache, and a steel armature.
  • types of love 1

    Types of Love #1 is a modular/playable sculpture that was a part of my 2015 installation titled Adult Baby Toy. It's materials are Plywood, fabric, poly fill, acrylic paint,yarn, crocheted and felted wool, and a cardboard tube. rough dimensions are 4.5'x2'
  • Types of Love #2

    Types of Love #2 is a modular/playable sculpture that was a part of my 2015 installation titled Adult Baby Toy. Its material's are plywood, and stuffed and painted fabric. 1.5'x2.5'
  • Types of Love #3

    Gina Dento Adult Baby Toy
    Types of Love #3 is a modular/playable sculpture that was a part of my 2015 installation titled Adult Baby Toy. It's materials are plywood, fabric, poly fill, yarn, latex paint, and plaster. rough dimensions are 3'x3.5'x2'
  • adult baby toy alternate view

    A bug's eye view of my 2015 installation Adult Baby Toy.
  • Adult Baby Toy installation view

    Full installation view of my 2015 installation Adult Baby Toy.

KILTER

KILTER was my first modular playable sculpture installation that I created in 2012 for my solo Exhibition at The Whole Gallerey in Baltimore, Maryland.

It is constructed of plywood, a steel armature, pom poms made of various yarns, tinel, caution tape, paper mache, and latex paint.

Viewers were encouraged to unthread, and re arrange the pom pom towers at will. Kind of like a playable art toy for adults, and children.

All together, the installation was roughly 6'x 17'x22'

  • KILTER

    KILTER was my first modular playable sculpture installation that I created in 2012 for my solo Exhibition at The Whole Gallerey in Baltimore, Maryland. It is constructed of plywood, a steel armature, pom poms made of various yarns, tinel, caution tape, paper mache, and latex paint. Viewers were encouraged to unthread, and re arrange the pom pom towers at will. Kind of like a playable art toy for adults, and children. All together, the installation was roughly 6'x 17'x22'
  • Kilter (tower detail)

    KILTER was my first modular playable sculpture installation that I created in 2012 for my solo Exhibition at The Whole Gallerey in Baltimore, Maryland. It is constructed of plywood, a steel armature, pom poms made of various yarns, tinel, caution tape, paper mache, and latex paint. Viewers were encouraged to unthread, and re arrange the pom pom towers at will. Kind of like a playable art toy for adults, and children. All together, the installation was roughly 6'x 17'x22'
  • Kilter (tower detail)

    KILTER was my first modular playable sculpture installation that I created in 2012 for my solo Exhibition at The Whole Gallerey in Baltimore, Maryland. It is constructed of plywood, a steel armature, pom poms made of various yarns, tinel, caution tape, paper mache, and latex paint. Viewers were encouraged to unthread, and re arrange the pom pom towers at will. Kind of like a playable art toy for adults, and children. All together, the installation was roughly 6'x 17'x22'

Shoelaces, And Rope

The following are two works I made in 2014 out of found shoe laces, and a large quantitiy of found black and white rope.

The pieces are hand, and machine stitched, and contain bits of found fabrics and hand Felted wool.

They are flexible and can be molded to form a wide variety of shapes.

These forms to me are a 3d model of how I envision space-time, if it could be seen as a tangible object.

  • Whirly Whorl

    Shoe Laces, rope, found fabrics, hand felted wool, and thread 2014 Dimensions are variable as this piece is malleable, but shown: 16"x26"x19"
  • Whirly Whorl ( Alternate View)

    Shoe Laces, rope, found fabrics, hand felted wool, and thread 2014 Dimensions are variable as this piece is malleable, but shown: 16"x26"x19"
  • Tapestry From an Asteroid

    Tapestry From an Asteroid (Named after a song by Sun Ra) Shoe Laces, rope, found fabrics, hand felted wool, and thread 2014 Dimensions are variable as this piece is malleable, but shown: 26" x 14" x 6"

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