“Born February 4, 1959 in Jefferson City, Missouri” (Raz-Russo). Into a large family of seven brothers being raised by a single parent, his mom. (Morrow, 2013, p. 6). His mother was very supportive, “As a child he was encouraged to be in performances, and he and his mother would shop for clothes that other children were not brave enough to wear” (McMillian, 2013, p. 6).
“Cave began exploring fiber arts and fashion during his studies at the Kansas City (Mo.) Art Institute (B.F.A.; 1982)” (Raz-Russo). His accomplishments include: studding with the Alvin Ailey’s modern dance company, Masters of Fine Arts (Hisotry Makers, 2004). MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1988, Chairman of the Fashion Design program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Rus-Russo). Currently Nick Cave is a performing artists and director of the graduate fashion program at the Art Institute of Chicago (The History Makers, 2004).
Nick Cave has an affinity for working with found objects that say something about where he is at that point in time when he is creating the sound suits. His first sound suit was made in 1992 in response to the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles.
In the wake of the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles, and how it made him feel as a black man in America he (Nick Cave) was dealing with “the whole notion of being discarded, devalued” (Allen, 2011).
The suit was made out of broken pieces of sticks that he noticed on the ground while he was sitting in the park (Allen). The sound was actual side effect of the form and medium used to create the suit.
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Morrow, W., & Macmillian, K. (2013). Unfamiliar Extremes. In L. Caruso (Ed.), Nick Cave: Sojourn (pp. 6-11). Denver, CO: Denver Art Museum.
Raz-Russo, M. (n.d.). In Encyclopedia Britannica online. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/blackhistory/article-9475240