Environmental artist Nicole Dextras works with natural elements to create sculptures and interactive installations, many of which are temporary and endure only in her exquisite photographs.

Some of her most impactful work comes in the form of wardrobes, wearable art that provides one with everything needed to survive. These garments speak about sustainability, community, and the cycle of life, all especially relevant themes as we enter into the autumn months.

In Urban Foragers, Dextras constructed dresses that act as shelter, garment and tool for the urban nomad. Each dress serves a different role, from growing plants to spreading seeds to harvesting the produce around us. The design is based on the function of the dress.

When each dress and its wearer are brought together, a meal can be prepared and shared amongst the group. This is a beautiful representation of urban communities and society in general: we each play an important, yet limited role. It is only when we come together we have everything we need.

Written by staff of Public Art Review.

[Featured as a web-only piece, “Urban Foragers,” during print publication of] Public Art Review #52.
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