Krissy Teegerstrom’s ‘Exquisite Self’ exhibition on display at Wrong Marfa

Monstera cape by artist Krissy Teegerstrom. Photo by George Brainard.

MARFA — Artist Krissy Teegerstrom starts with the question, “What does it mean for the self to be exquisite?” She answers that question in an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, never to be duplicated, wearable capes at Wrong Marfa. All capes are made from secondhand materials. 

“As a child I was conditioned to feel unworthy of care and attention. I grew up in a house marred by addiction and undiagnosed mental illness and suffered neglect and emotional abuse throughout my formative years. In my post-traumatic growth, I have begun to build self worth for the first time in my life. The opposite of neglect is to be nurtured and to be seen. For someone who was left alone and ignored as a child, I am continually asking myself what it means to create art which draws attention to myself,” says Teegerstrom. 

Photo by Krissy Teegerstrom.

A cape, she says, surrounds a body, rendering it both obscured and hypervisible. Whether worn or viewed as a standalone art object, each of the capes is meant to envelop the wearer in luminous, reflective and sumptuous fabrics to impart the feeling of being exquisite. 

All capes are made from secondhand materials. According to Teegerstrom nothing is disposable. In her practice she uses secondhand materials, from the fabrics to her tools, including a 1948 Singer Featherweight sewing machine. Discovering these materials is a deliberate process which informs the final designs. Also, this is a way for her to express her devotion to conserving the environment, a value that is sacred to her. 

Trueheart cape by artist Krissy Teegerstrom. Photo by George Brainard.

Teegerstrom hopes viewers will see what she calls their true selves — the precious primordial essence that existed before experiences of doubts, drama, dreamkillers, hardship, tragedy, abuse or any manner of heavy weather — that which is exquisite. 

Exquisite Self runs through May. There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, May 4, 4-6 pm. at Wrong, 110 N. Highland Ave. Everyone is welcome to attend.