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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.

Carry It Well

A plush body sculpture made of recycled, and hand painted fabrics. This piece is part of a series that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression through adornment.

Learning to Stand

Learning to Stand is a modular, playable sculpture that was a part of my 2015 installation "Adult Baby Toy" at EMP collective in 2015. It's materials are canvas, latex paint, fabric, yarn, paper mache, and a steel armature.

Chaotic Dot pot

A hand built ceramic vase with hyper-graphic glaze pattern. 12"x7"

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About Gina

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

Gina Alexandra Denton is a visual artist based in Baltimore, MD. She was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and recieved her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Fiber in 2004. Her sculptural practice is rooted in intuitive play, and her material index spans several craft based media, including fiber and ceramics. 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,... more

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, and interest in pattern.

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.

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'

Carry It Well

A plush body sculpture made of recycled, and hand painted fabrics. This piece is part of a series that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression through adornment.

  • Carry It Well

    A plush body sculpture made of recycled, and hand painted fabrics. This piece is part of a series that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression through adornment.
  • Carry It Well

    A plush body sculpture made of recycled, and hand painted fabrics. This piece is part of a series that explores fatness, femininity, and the politics of self expression through adornment.

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"

Creatures. Past, and Present.

Sculptural objects spanning many years of my creative practice. Most objects are created using fiber mediums and techniques, and it is my predilection to use found, and recycled fabrics and felted wool as a primary medium for these pieces.

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 comfort object. I love to create toy-like objects that, beneath thier bright tactile surfaces, invoke the uncanny chaos of nature that, in turn, is our own death.

  • 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

    These pieces were created to represent what I thought the hearts of imaginary 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
  • Heart of The Beast (dragon Heart detail)

    Hand sewn, and dyed, and hand felted wool, poly fill, and up cycled fabrics.
  • Rhizonoma

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

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