Feather Chiaverini is an artist who makes devises and explores costume, props, performance, poverty, skill, and generational roles. Using similar material language and modes of making that were a part of the everyday hustle and grind in his fathers costume shop, his mothers acting career, and his grandfather's profession as a clown. Feather reimagines new futures and utopias made possible by the existing familial knowledge they were able to inherit. Chiaverini’s work is interested in the roles we unknowingly and intentionally wear, interrogating the difference between a costume made in fear and one made in hope.
Interest in the multiple roles of costume began early for Feather, as they witnessed the many lives and stories one costume could possess without ever sacrificing its origin. With resilience and pluralism, they create props/costumes that are in a constant tension of coming and going. Their quickness in making, deskilling, material manipulation and forceful elevation of utilitarian objects adds to the expanding and reemerging resilience of queer diy cultures. Chiaverini currently holds a studio practice at Cave Gallery in Detroit MI, and is Currently pursuing an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at Temple University Tyler School of Art and Architecture.