"These first dresses grew out of my interest in creating a sculptural installation as a response to author Patricia Eakins' fantastical story The Hungry Girls. I was captivated by the images in the story and wanted to explore my impressions of them. The giant sized hungry girls of the story lived by basic animalistic instincts with one single coveted object among them being a simple nightdress. That nightdress was the beginning of my oversized sculptural garment pieces; the wild, wooly animal-like dresses have become in their own right larger than life mythical characters that live beyond that original story." -Moira Bateman
The Momenta Animale dresses are made with linen, steam dyed with onion skin, nuno-felted with raw Navajo Churro wool, and hung on weathered wood and metal yokes.
The original textile pieces are available for installation as are the Digital Archival Pigment Prints from high resolution photographs taken of the dresses with a large format camera. The detail on these prints is very fine and these are available at a number of custom sizes up to eight feet tall.
About Eakins’ Stories:
I give testament to Eakins's ability to bring … impossible beings to life. There's a totality to these creatures and their habits that makes them arresting beyond their inherent freakishness. What the sophisticated reader culls from these tales of mythological animals … is twofold: as is said of a man in the title story: "he had been long enough among the animals to have forgotten the ways of people…” — Peter Bricklebank, American Book Review
… Patricia Eakins tells thirteen tales of primal, disturbing beauty in an authoritative voice that is both scientific and lush. Under the guidance of this storyteller, we suspend our old ways of seeing and enter a mythic landscape where the perverse becomes redemptive and the macabre becomes natural. Eakins's tales … strip away sentimentality to reconnect us with old truths and to reveal the world as it is: graced, mysterious, and brutal. … Eakins's book yields an astounding menagerie of life. Parable, epic, folklore, fairy tale, saga -- the teller houses her vision in each of these forms to pass on a collection of wisdom that is rare in this age of information. — Mary Lynn Scuttle, Gargoyle