Caroline Borucki

Artist Statement – My work evokes deliberation of connection, responsibility, deterioration and empathy. I create pieces that achieve mimicry of earthly forms, to fuze a relationship between humans and the environment. I investigate how the lifespan of natural fibers eventually degrades back into the earth– where its material originated from. Collecting reclaimed items allows me to survey and curate materiality, which determines the specific taxonomical concept behind each body of work. Excavation, deconstruction and wrapping are frequently explored processes within my practice.

By using natural fibers in my artwork and slow fashion, I want to relocate value for the earth’s resources, specifically within the textile industry. I address the human role in making wearables by creating a sustainable and ethical response to how sourcing and production affects the entire earth. Waste and decomposition are recurring drives behind my art and apparel practices.

Bio – Caroline Borucki is a sculpture artist and slow fashion clothier who creates with reclaimed materials, natural fibers, clay and wood. Inspired by taxonomies of the natural world, she explores metaphoric relationships between humans and the environment. Born in Chicago and now living in Portland, Oregon, Caroline is a candidate in the MFA in Applied Craft + Design program at PNCA/OCAC. She began working with repurposed textiles for her apparel line of small batch garments, upon receiving a BA at Dominican University.

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