KEVLAR KIDS BY MADISON STRATFORD

Kevlar Kids is a materials based inquiry into the literal and abstract concept of production. Production, while ever present and all pervasive remains largely invisible to human perception most of the time. As consumers we buy products, rarely giving a…

KEVLAR KIDS BY MADISON STRATFORD

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Kevlar Kids is a materials based inquiry into the literal and abstract concept of production. Production, while ever present and all pervasive remains largely invisible to human perception most of the time. As consumers we buy products, rarely giving a second thought to the environmental and human cost of the products we buy. In addition to the literal definition of production are the more subtle ways we produce as a society, take for example the educational system, not only the track system in public schools but also a new breed of for profit charter schools which turn out their “product” so to speak. We as people are the product. This is noted in the height of the table as well as the human like sandbags and the mirror where the viewer is also “on the menu” so to speak. While Kevlar 735 is anti-ballistic in multiple layers, single layer application will not stop bullets. The sandbags one layer, headless violent construction reference human fragility. The sculptural elements of the table resemble a production line.
The lineage of my work and research can be traced back to the 1940’s and is three pronged. First is the production of the table, which takes inspiration from the Bauhaus where form follows function. The table, with it’s dowells are also able to act as a storage and packing space for garments, when not in use for the installation. The reason for this being that my main source of funding my art comes from selling vintage supply chain garments. Second is my research regarding women enter the workforce enmass. They are producing not only components for airplanes and ships but they are also producing sandbags. These sandbags were used to protect the military from air raids, which I believe to have a clear link to the drone warfare of today. Third is my research and material exploration of Kevlar. Kevlar having been invented in the 1940’s by Stephanie Kwolek cycles back to the 1940’s, when she began her tenure at Dupont and made the radical discovery of using a waste product to create a fiber that was 10 times stronger than steel by weight.

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