Zee Boudreaux
Clean is Never
(2009)
Hand woven jacquard, cotton
20 x 24 inches
Installation view
(l-r) Huron, Lopez, Boudreaux
Zee Boudreaux

“Suddenly their eyes left this world, their heads tilted backwards and their bodies began to spit like a raging animal.”
Jean Cocteau- Le Livre blanc. Éditions du Signe

In repurposing the laborious textile based techniques of weaving and embroidery my aim is to take them out of the context of functionality and to challenge constructions of domesticity, gender, and sexuality. Using modern jacquard weaving techniques Clean is Never is a computer assisted, hand woven, figurative textile based series with a dramatically patterned ground using a complex strategy of gradations. The result is a smooth shift that is reminiscent of the blending of paint on a canvas. The figures in these weavings have been extracted from 70’s era gay porn films, removed from their backgrounds of shag carpeting and earth tone polyester curtains and placed within a traditional weave draft pattern from the early 16th. Century. This work engages the event or object of ejaculation emerging as the instance through which identity and meaning are not so much affirmed as they are questioned, complicated, and displaced. In this displacement I pursue themes related to the ways in which individuals participate in the perpetuation of the commodification of desire, hopefully succeeding in my effort to link this objectification with the overall struggles related to the anxieties of the body. I have made an effort to link 16th. Century weave draft patterns with signs of illness/disease, mimicking lesions (specifically Kaposi’s Sarcoma). Clean is Never is an homage to those that have gone before. The deaths caused by AIDS complications in the early 80’s were sudden and came from out of no where, the first to die didn’t know what hit them, they were killed by a disease without a name. Queer culture was irreparably altered. This work exists to celebrate their living and to mourn their dieing. Through their ecstasy and their struggle our world was altered. I’m submitting one image from this series, as this is a work in progress, at a later date if accepted I would like to show members of the panel other works in the series for consideration. The weavings consist of two versions, a blue gradation series and a black on black series, which utilizes the contrast of matte cotton and the gloss of silk.

Zee Boudreaux
Clean is Never
(2009)
Hand woven jacquard, cotton
20 x 24 inches (detail)