This 74-piece jigsaw puzzle depicts one of American Black Queer artist Nick Cave’s famous Soundsuits, which he developed in response to the beating of Rodney King by LA police officers in 1991. The joyful inventiveness contrasts with the suits’ purpose: to protect the wearer from prejudice and violence. “It’s protecting, it’s isolating, it’s shielding,” Cave remarks. “There’s a sense of feeling liberated but you also have to understand that being in a soundsuit [means having] to surrender a part of yourself.”Like the one in this puzzle, Cave’s Soundsuits all employ elaborate, celebratory designs, utilizing objects found in abundance, from tops to twigs to sequins. Only after constructing his first Soundsuit did the artist realize that, in motion, the objects on the suits produce sound. In Cave’s protective costume, art replaces the categories that direct our lives: gender, race, class.
SizeAssembled: 27.5l x 16'w
Year of Design2022
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