Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia is pleased to present Slow Grooming, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Shelby Donnelly.
In her most recent body of work, Shelby Donnelly explores the concept of grooming. To groom a person or a thing is to manipulate over a period of time, suppressing its natural state in favor of some intended improvement. The work explores this idea on multiple levels.
Donnelly coaxes garments through unconventional tailoring techniques, constructs fabric collages with actual self-grooming materials like Pinaud powder, and directs live performers in tableaux vivants (living pictures), where the subjects act out hierarchical relationships. Each of these outlets presents an aspiration for wealth through the disguise of mock affluence.