â€śsunlight gently drips a golden dust everywhereâ€ť print with wall drawing, 2012, by Candy Coated
May 4, 2013 - November 17, 2013Philadelphia-based multimedia artist Candy Coated (formerly Candy Depew) has been invited to reinterpret childrenâ€™s fancy dress costumes from the Museumâ€™s collection, bringing her signature treatment of seamlessly blended ceramic wall gems, silk-screened fabrics, and vinyl decals to the Joan Spain Gallery. For this exhibition, she will create a storybook narrative based on costume selections that range from Little Bo Peep and Peter Pan costumes to soldier and sailor outfits to regional dress for special occasions.
Dramatic and whimsical still-life arrangements will originate from a miniature, quilted playhouseâ€”made from a patchwork of silk-screened and decorative fabrics with patterns inspired by historical designsâ€”located in the center of the gallery. Child-sized mannequins in nurse uniforms will â€śtendâ€ť to stuffed animals, complementing visualized fairy tales incorporating wall paintings, vinyl flourishes, patterned wallpaper, sparkling ceramic gem enhancements, and additional costumed mannequins. Childlike figures both admire loosely rendered wall paintings of historic domestic scenes and become a part of them, merging the threedimensional and two-dimensional worlds.
Scroll through this slideshow to learn about some of the costumes on view in CandyCoated Wonderland.
Behind The Scenes
Multimedia artist Candy Coated shares the inspirations for the installation of "CandyCoated Wonderland". Go behind the scenes to the artist's Philadelphia studio as she prepares the artworks that appear in the gallery, including screen-printed and patchworked fabric, large scale ink drawings, and vinyl stickers. Get a closer look at the many patterns, symbols, and bright colors that transform the exhibition gallery in Candy's signature decorative style.
Watch as artist Candy Coated, art handlers, and Costume and Textiles staff transform the â€śCandyCoated Wonderlandâ€ť gallery space during a month-long installation. Hear Candy describe her materials and methods while a mural is painted, hundreds of stickers and ceramic pieces are applied to the walls, and fabric panels (and even costumed mannequins) are suspended from the ceiling.