Kempsville Student Presents at Wearable Art Fashion Show


Paxton Coley, Staff Writer

On Friday, February 8, 2019, the Governor’s School for the Arts held their 5th Annual Wearable Art Fashion Show at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The theme “Amazing Chaos” was shown through 35 very different models in varying pieces.

In this fashion show, the visual arts students of GSA had to choose a painting at the Chrysler Museum that inspired them; then they had to create their own fashion items based on that art.


The featured paintings this year came from the “Chaos and Awe” exhibit. This exhibit advertises “Painting for the 21st Century” and brings together art from all over the world to “dramatically describe the destabilizing effects of such 21st-century forces as globalism, mass migration, radical ideologies, and complex technologies.”


Kempsville junior and third-year visual arts student Trinity Pote was among those featured. She created and modeled a dark dress covered in multiple colors of paint. She named her creation Decay.


Her design was based on a painting called Semiosis on the Sea, which was painted by James Perrin in 2015. An exhibit display plaque at The Chrysler Museum of Art says that “Semiosis on the Sea was inspired by an image of a person sitting on the beach.” It continues by describing that the purpose of this painting is “to signal the passage of time and the inevitability of decay” and “imply the illumination of pure consciousness.”

Trinity Pote wearing the dress she designed, “Decay”, next to her painting of inspiration “Semiosis on the Sea”.



Pote spoke very strongly on the piece and how it influenced her.


“This piece inspired me due to the artist’s concepts of decay over time and the fluidity of consciousness. These concepts were very intriguing to me, and I was instantly drawn to the work,” she said. “I simply wanted to convey the original concept in my own way.”


She also spoke about her own art and what she strives to create. “In general, I cover a variety of concepts that mainly surround the human condition.”


She was the only Kempsville student who presented.