There is something so visceral about watching the breath enter and leave the body, about watching the clouds roll through the sky, about watching wave after wave crash onto the beach.

Silk captures, holds and then lets go. Silk shares. Silk references and then melts away. Silk is all things and nothing at the same time. Silk allows me to share ocean without the use of water. Silk lets us get lost in the clouds while our feet are firmly on the ground.

Silk teaches us how to slow down and follow our breath again.

Abbie R Powers performance photography silk dress

I am an installation, performance and video artist working with silk, mixed media, the female figure, movement and video projection. Hand-dyed expanses of silk reference the sublimity of the natural world, the intimacy of the figure, and the evanescence of our breath. The figure communicates through modern dance movement while video projection brings to life painted and sculpted works.

Silk expanses anchored to the ceiling reference clouds, waves, and underwater environments, as well as an intimate connection to the female figure. Suspended mixed media installation pieces fill overhead spaces, interacting with and reacting to their surrounding environments.

I use my body as material, staging a performance or creating a video in which I interact with a set of materials, often including sound. This allows me to provide the viewer with a deeper level of interaction that involves several senses.

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