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Devastating Loves & Transcendent Hatreds : Lynn Dau : Transitional Wear

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Transitional Wear
Found object assemblage, including baby bottle nipples, clothes hanger, wall hook, and thread
34 x 18 x 3 inches, 2019

Transitional Wear alludes to the journey from the young professional on the dance floor in a little black dress searching for love and a mate, to the mother with children, on duty 24/7. Motherhood is the one job from which you never go home. I love my children more than anything, but family sacrifice became so consuming and overwhelming that I lost myself along the way. Before marriage and children, I was a professional, a criminal defense attorney. I put my career on pause to be a full-time parent. The form of this piece alludes to a little black bodycon dress; the uniform of my younger self, the carefree single young professional woman dancing at a nightclub. The baby bottle nipples comprising the dress represent the shift in identity and autonomy that came with motherhood and the role of primary caretaker. All nurture all the time; it's the dress that goes from day to night and back to day again.

Lynn Dau is a sculptor and spatial art instructor at San Jose State University (SJSU). She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993, after living in Anchorage, Alaska. Before completing her MFA in Spatial Art at SJSU in 2017, she earned a BA in behavioral sciences from National University and law degree from UC Davis. After practicing as a criminal defense attorney and having two children she returned to school to study art. Since graduating Lynn has worked as a university sculpture instructor teaching at Gavilan College, Santa Clara University, and SJSU. Her art practice explores themes related to domestic life, gender equity, parenting, and consumerism. She works primarily with found object assemblage. She has exhibited her work at venues nationally and throughout her home state of California.