Douglas Dale uses contoured yarn to trace and mimic wood grain, allowing solid forms to seemingly dissolve into loose, flowing fiber. By building objects seemingly in mid-transition, Dale emphasizes both extremes of conflicting binaries and the information that is lost when constrained to a rigid taxonomy.
“I draw inspiration from camp, drag, theater, and the club scene: spaces where reality is the product of illusion. I reside in subcultures prioritizing materiality, determining value through attention, labor, and subverting tradition. Proudly trans nonbinary, I extend my own queering unto inanimate objects to break presumed polarities: mixing masculine and feminine, hard and soft, wood and textile.” - Artist Statement