Nick Cave is a performance artist, dancer and sculptor who creates wearable artworks called Sound Suits which "change the wearer’s relationship to gravity, and alter one’s physical interactions with the world".
Nick's works are complex, edgy and just a bit off, and though they may seem like giant mascot costumes created by a guy who has taken one too many tabs of acid there’s actually an interesting, and political, message behind these chaotic looking full body sculptural suits.
Nick was inspired to create his first suit in 1992 after hearing about the Rodney King beating, so he started exploring ways an artist could be protected against violence while still expressing themselves freely with their art. The result is a suit of colorful armor for the performance artist that both protects the wearer and makes them feel like an otherworldly creature.
These amazing sound suits are currently on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston until May 4.