Soundsuit Sculptures by Nick Cave
Nice Cave has become known for his soundsuits, full body ensembles that cover the wearer from head to toe, often camouflaging the very shape of the human body. By masking the identity of the wearer and obfuscating gender, race, and other social cues that we have all become so adept at reading–the wearer of a soundsuit is simultaneously hidden from view and judgment while also redefined as a playful and performative abstraction. The suits are generally constructed from an elaborate mixture of colorful and tactile materials that generate sound when in motion. This component of the soundsuits speaks to Cave’s professional dance training at the Alvin Ailey school. Movement and performance are integral parts of his art and the functioning of the soundsuits.