Mazie’s Bodice Ripper

By Merill Comeau



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This piece, composed of a deconstructed vintage silk bodice and over 100 flowers, may be installed in a variety of arrangements including vertical or horizontal orientation and engaging multiple surfaces of walls and ceilings. Created in homage of women’s lives as makers and wearers, the collage of textile elements symbolizes the continuous thread of lives lived. The title refers to ‘bodice ripper’ novels, a term for books about people searching for love. The joyful sprays of flowers evoke an optimistic idea of a future Garden of Eden constructed out of the debris of today.

Fiber/Decorative, Mixed Media (Textile collage: deconstructed discarded antique silk bodice, painted vintage linens, commercial fabrics, plastic net vegetable bags, hand stitching with painted linen threads, machine stitching)

200 x 96 inches

About the artist

Merill Comeau has participated in over 80 exhibitions including at Fuller Craft Museum, Danforth Art Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, Attleboro Art Museum, Museums of Old York, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute of Boston. The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s Art Lab hosted her interactive project Threads of Connection in 2020. Her residency highlights include Southern New Hampshire University, Hambidge Center for Art and Science, the National Parks of Cotoctin Mountain and Acadia, and Weir Farm National Historic Site in CT. Publications showcasing her work include Surface Design Journal,, Fiber Art Now,, and The Boston Globe. She has been a guest speaker at academic institutions including Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Simmons College, Stonehill College, Dana Hall School, and Phillips Exeter Academy. In addition to her studio practice, Comeau executed over 30 public projects and is a teaching artist for youth 15-22 years of age residing in secure treatment centers in Massachusetts. ...Read MoreRead Less

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