A cotton shirt, originally made by an anonymous worker, was disassembled at the seams into its twenty-one component parts and each piece run through a typewriter. The period key was pressed over 20,000 times to create a polka-dot pattern, hand-typed directly onto the fabric. Once printed, the pieces were hand-sewn back together. At first glance, the pattern may appear industrially printed, though on closer inspection mistakes can be glimpsed; an accidental “m” or misaligned row. Hand-typed Polka-Dot Shirt explores the relationship between the hand-made and machine-made by misusing a machine designed to accomplish one kind of task, to achieve another that it is quite unsuited for.
Lenka Clayton is a British interdisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Previously she has hand-numbered 7,000 stones; searched for all 613 people mentioned in a single edition of a German newspaper; filmed one person of each age from 1 to 100, and reconstituted a lost museum from a sketch on the back of an envelope. She and writer Michael Crowe are in the middle of writing a unique, personal letter to every household in the world. In 2012 Lenka was the world’s first Artist-in-Residence-in-Motherhood after she founded a structured, fully-funded artist residency that took place inside her own home and life as a mother of two young children.
Her work has been exhibited widely internationally including at FRAC Le Plateau in Paris, Kunsthalle St. Gallen in Switzerland, Anthology Film Archives in New York City, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Tehran International Documentary Festival and just after the evening news on Channel 4 TV, UK. She is a recent recipient of a Heinz Endowments/Pittsburgh Foundation Creative Development Grant, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and a Carol R. Brown Award for Creative Achievement. She is currently artist-in-residence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
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