In the queen-size quilt piece for Preservatif titled, “Rest Assured, X Boyfriends”, constructed from back pockets of used pants, each pocket will contain a condom. I’m interested in referencing the hidden recess of the back pocket as a charged site of sexuality, intimacy, agency, and a particularly male domain. I want to acknowledge multiple layers in this piece, from the AIDS Quilt (a tremendous act of remembrance), to those who shared our beds, to our personal histories evidenced by our worn garments, to where we sat, and perhaps to our final resting spot.
Condoms in our contemporary world signal both life and death in their use and existence – they prevent an unwanted life from starting, or an untimely death from occurring. They offer a freedom from those fears or desires. It is my aim that this quilt will embody that fraught history that we, and condoms, have with sex, life, and death.
Artist and Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, Kim Dickey received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Alfred University. She has had solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Denver and has participated in invitationals in Australia, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. American galleries that have shown her work include Garth Clark, Jack Tilton, Pierogi, White Columns, Sherry Leedy, and Rule Gallery. She has exhibited at MASS MoCA, Everson Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum (now MAD), and the Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, among others. Dickey has made permanent installations at MCA Denver, The Lab at Belmar, for the Danish Ministry of Culture, and a commission for the Denver International Airport, in addition to many private site-specific commissions. Dickey is represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO.
To learn more about Kim Dickey’s artwork visit her gallery’s website: www.robischongallery.com