Rocket with Hoopskirt, 2019 16'x5'x5', Found objects, steel, screenprinted textile installation
The central piece in my contribution to the May 2019 MFA Exhibition at SFAI's Fort Mason campus and a pivotal figure within my ongoing thesis research entitled Gendered Machines, this object offers alien modes of gender representation, which disrupt expected relationships between humans and mechanical beings. The rocket armature stands 16’ tall and is 5’ in diameter at the widest point, and is made from welded steel rod which detach and reassemble. The piece's title, “Rocket with Hoopskirt,” references its namesake, an early engine test, featuring structural hoops, built in 1928 by rocketry pioneer Robert H. Goddard. Unlike the original on which it is based, my rocket wears a 12’ long skirt made from a sheer, printed patterned fabric sewn to fit the structure like a body in a crinoline.