Nick Cave

Nick Cave is best known for his Soundsuits, full-body outfits crafted from materials—buttons, beads, synthetic furs, and woven textiles—the artist gathered from flea markets and antique shops across the country. On one of his shopping trips to gather these materials, he saw a container representing the head of a black person and labelled “spittoon.” With that discovery, he began to notice the preponderance of vintage material depicting Africans and African-Americans in subservient positions. He began to collect these pieces and to recraft them into works that rebalanced and empowered the figures depicted.