Like many contemporary artists, Sonja van Kerkhoff works with a broad range of media and approaches. This illustrated talk of installations, paintings, performance and video focuses on works that incorporate clothing in diverse ways. "The Anatomy Lesson" literally uses a child's shirt, while the video, "Transit" is a fashion statement in red set in Taranaki High-country. The clothes she wears in her performances are costumes for the persona in each performance. She will discuss a few of her performance works in this context.
She works in diverse media and so she will discuss how clothing was a important choice of material for particular works. "Memorials" is a dress created out of house-shaped tiles fitted for the artist, but it is a dress that cannot be easily worn. In fact it is a dress that needs to be removed. In the video/installation "Wrapping for a Marginal Citizen," the wrapping (a long cloth bearing multiple images of her eldest son as a baby) is a type of cloak which is a vehicle for embracing multiple voices.