Denim is a recognizable icon that is intimately woven into our lives. It is texture, content, context, color and mood. My dissected jean fragments are icons, which form building blocks for symbolic structures. This durable material, by its very nature and the way it is made, embodies many aspects relating directly to the idea and history of blue-collar people. The denim-clad worker represents many exploited populations, beginning with the climate of 1850 America, up to and including workers of today.
Holding a particular tone specific to various times, overall, denim speaks in the contradictions of struggle and ease. I recognize this idea through my family history, my rural childhood, and the relaxed lifestyle that I currently strive to maintain. I am drawn to the simplicities and complexities of these realities.
Teri Gandy Richardson