'Undine' Couture Collection at The de Young Museum "What Tethers Us?" 10/17
" A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl."
'Undine' is the title of Papusza Couture's new art couture collection, which will be presented at the de Young Museum's upcoming show "What Tethers Us?". This collection conveys the erie spirit of the sea, and all the injured lives and souls that are washed clean by it's waters. With musical accompaniment by Kati Williams and Sarah Rosalena Brady, live performative models adorned in delicate, hand crafted and fragile garments will showcase the collection. Artisan hair and makeup design provided by Elle Duerr and custom couture millinery by Mad Elegance.
Please save the date and join us if you can for this special evening. It is free to enter.
All photos and flier design by Regina Marie. Model: Kate Coneely. Hair/MU by Elle Duerr. Millinery by Mad Elegance.
"What Tethers Us?" is a visual and performative love letter to the late Monica Maduro, former Board member of the Fine Arts Museums, celebrating the enduring creative spirit and the greater San Francisco avante guarde artist community. Among her many accomplishments, Monica created the Figurehead to the famed "La Contessa," which was a highly-realistic, interactive replica of a Spanish galleon, originally built for the festival Burning Man.
This show is curated by Deidre de Franceaux, long-time friend of Monica Maduro and long-time Bay Area artist who will debut "Deep Waters," a series of large, mixed-media paintings about women overcoming deep psychological pain. She has assembled an exciting selection of work on the theme from 18 noted and up-and-coming local artists across all media; painting, sculpture, video installation, film, fashion, photography, music, and performance.
Featuring art by Deidre DeFranceaux, Kaytee Papusza, Karen Cusolito of American Steel, Michael Sturtz founder of the Crucible, Justin Young, Rebecca Andersof Flux, Dana Albany, Flash Hopkinsof "Doing DaVinci" fame, Haideen Anderson Kennedy, Michael Rauner, Paz De La Calzada, Tucker Eason, and Will Allen.
With live performances by The Vau de Vire Society, Extra Action Marching Band, Sanaz Gangei,and DJ Justin Credible.Sound Healing withJules Searsof Primal Peace Sound Healing. Hosted bySteven Raspa.
This event is a collaboration between many artists who were collaborators, friends and family members of FAMSF’s beloved Trustee Monica Maduro who died last October. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the community to celebrate the life of Monica, as well as provide a pathway for each of us to explore the aspects of the creative spirit that keep us alive in life - and in legacy - connected to each other.
Kaytee Papusza-designer of Papusza Couture-creates clothing, couture and costumes of all kinds. She is best known for her one of a kind conceptual fine art couture collections, made using unconventional materials, hand crafted textiles and artisan techniques. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, Vogue Italia, Sang Blue and Belle Armoire.