Recipe Dress 2011

Ingrid Nagin
Gestures 15: March 25 – August 7, 2011

Curated by Katherine Talcott


Curated by Katherine Talcott

Artist Statement

A collection of recipes is a meticulous assembly: a combination of research, curation, and preservation. It is also an act of fantasy. As the collector files away their recipes, perhaps passed on from friends or clipped from magazines, they must imagine the meals they will one day prepare with them, and the people who will one day gather to share those meals. Last winter, my mother died. These recipes were the product of years of her work and her fantasies, and so I believed they contained a part of her soul. Unable to throw them away, I assembled them into this vintage-style dress. Behind the craft of its creation there is also a fantasy: that one might slip it on and share a piece of my mother’s considerable spirit.

About the Artist

Ingrid Nagin worked as an industrial and graphic designer in New York and Philadelphia before returning to Pittsburgh, her childhood home. She is Communications Designer for Weisshouse, a contemporary home furnishing store. Over the years, Ingrid has made art privately. In 2007, she was invited to experiment with her first site-specific installation. The exhibition Salvage/Salvation: Arise was in an abandoned church in Braddock, PA. This will be the second time she has exhibited her work publicly.