Kevlar/ Sun Canvases

2019

Kevlar fabric partially exposed to sunlight, wood, UV glass

Bulletproof vests are made of Kevlar (bulletproof fabric) which is layered and glued together in order to become safe. The material looses its strength and changes its color when exposed to UV light/ the sun. I used this weakness and burnt the stylized shape of a bullet proof vest detail on sheets of woven Kevlar and installed them in layers. The shape is also hinting at an architectural shape of a pond at the Kevlar-manufacturers estate. The work is part of the “famillionaire matters” complex which explores the origin story of Kevlar which starts with gunpowder.

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