Liz Collins
Sock Monkey Suit (2008)
Knitted and stitched merino wool, angora, silk, cashmere
Human scale

Installation view (l-r) Bazant/Romstad, Collins
Liz Collins

As queer children, many of us lacked role models for alternative genders and sexualities. For some, the sock monkey came to represent a world of difference and life outside the binary. Sock monkeys are neither living animals nor functional clothes. They literally embody a second skin, a disguise that holds the promise of a life outside heteronormativity.

Yet, the sock monkey suit itself constricts. The wearer can interact with the world solely through eye holes, while bright red lips outline breasts, elbows, knees and crotch. If we do indeed survive into queer adulthood, do we find ourselves trapped or reified by the very second skins we create?

Liz Collins
Sock Monkey Suit (2008)
Knitted and stitched merino wool, angora, silk, cashmere
Human scale