Style Imitating Art-a Soundsuit by Nick Cave

Welcome to this edition of Style Imitating Art!

About Style Imitating Art

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

This Weeks Curator

That would be me.

This Week’s Inspirational Art

I picked one of Nick Cave’s Soundsuits. Over the years, he has created many of these works. Although, they are meant to be used as art in motion, I’ve seen these as static works of art in museums and find that even without movement, they are captivating.

This particular piece is created from found objects which includes, twigs, crochet doilies, ceramic birds and flowers.

Who Is Nick Cave?

Nick Cave was born in Fulton, Missouri, my home state. He also attended The Kansas City Art Institute. Presently, he resides in Chicago, Illinois and is currently the director of the graduate fashion program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He still continues to work on Soundsuits as well as works completed as a sculptor, dancer and multimedia artist.

The Background of the Original SoundsuitJoyful Creation From Tragedy

Nick Cave’s first “Soundsuit was created in 1992, as a reaction to the beating of Rodney King. He collected a large number of sticks and twigs from the ground and fashioned them into a suit that, to his surprise, made sounds when worn. These suits represent a protective armor, completely obscuring the wearers ethnicity, gender and sociology-economic background.

His suits are most often presented for public viewing as static sculptures, but they are also observed through live performance, video and photography.

Links to Learn More About Nick Cave
Judy Woodruff and Jeffery Brown- PBS Coverage on Nick Cave, 2012
Interview of Nick Nick Cave by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in relationship to his solo show in 2015
AS IS by Nick Cave. a documentary-2016
Interview with Nick Cave on His Work in the Smithsonian
Will You Join the Fun?

I hope this art inspires you to create a look and that you will join us. Send me your picture of your SIA inspired outfit along with a small blurb on how you were inspired to April 6th. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday April 7th.

Anyone can participate and you certainly do not have to have a blog.

If you do share your inspirations on Instagram use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you are there. You can also tag us in the images. Our Instagram names are: terrigardner_meadowtree, daenelt and 14shadesofgrey.

Take care and create on!

7 thoughts on “Style Imitating Art-a Soundsuit by Nick Cave

    1. Oh, I hope you do! I’m beginning to think he is one of America’s art scene’s best kept secrets now. I’ve seen his works quite a bit and didn’t know that others had not heard of him. He does more than Soundsuits but they are what he is best known for.


  1. Terri, I absolutely love this inspiration piece! What a fascinating art concept. I did read the article that Salazar had linked about Nick Cave and his purpose for his soundsuits is so amazing! I have all sorts of ideas running through my head for styling something inspired by this particular soundsuit. Now if I can make it all come together in time! Thank you for introducing me to this fabulously intriguing artist!


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    1. Shelbee, I so hope you find time to put something together. I am so fascinated by his work that I didn’t realize that he wasn’t the know in general. You need to listen to that NPR Jeffery Brown interview because you get to see his studio and his storage room for all of his found stuff. I don’t have my done yet either. We are going to try and take pictures today.


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