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"Disrobe/Redress: Installation by Stephen Sheffield and Gina Cestaro"
2000-09-27 until 2000-10-22
This installation consists of a series of five robes and four mixed media photomontages. Four robes, hanging in
space, create a square, with the fifth robe in the center. Surrounding the robes are four mixed media panels
approximately eight feet square. Each panel is paired with one of the four robes in the square, and is a reflection of
the metaphor and symbolism expressed in that robe.
Each morning we get up and decide how we will live in the world that
day. When dressing our spirit, what garments do we chooseNULL Do we
clothe ourselves in the robes of honesty, trustworthiness and justiceNULL Or
do we choose instead to poison ourselves with layers of fear, to tear at
ourselves with shameNULL Today is the day to step out of the garments of
illusion and limitation to reveal the inherent beauty of the human spirit.
Each of the four outside robes represents one specific state of mind that inhibits the potential of the human spirit to
achieve a higher state of existence. This concept is primarily articulated on the interior of the robes, and important
for two reasons. One: The spiritual/emotional transformation that this installation is concerned with has to happen
internally. This is a journey of the spirit. Two: The robes show the disparity that is often present between our
external behavior and our internal beliefs. The fifth robe, hanging in the center, is the expression of noble human
The photographic element, literally adds another entry point into the work and provides a contextual and physical
frame for each robe. Traditionally in art culture, as well as popular culture, the photograph has been seen as a
representation of truth or evidence of truth. Here photography will represent the specific emotional content of each