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I am currently creating a series of quodlibet drawings and paintings focusing on household objects associated with women's work, using them as metaphor for feminine experience and the process of aging.
In my grandmother’s time the doily was required for protecting surfaces, concealing imperfections, ornamenting surroundings, and measuring status. Today doilies are found in abundance at thrift stories, auctions and forgotten linen closets. Hours of female labour are represented in these worn, stained and unfashionable objects. The imperfections which have rendered the doilies unusable for their original purpose inspire narratives which are further explored through interactions with objects such as scissors, pins, and utensils. The doilies are stretched, torn, and misshapen, such as we are by marriage, illness, motherhood and more. "Tedium" is way to honour the difficult experiences which leave us worn, acknowledge thankless repetitive labour, and reveal a part of the anonymous doily maker's story.
Works on paper created with support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
|Hitch||Time, Tangled||Starting to Turn||Slow Pull|
|Tattered 6||Tattered 5||Tattered 4||Tattered 3|
|Tattered 2||Tattered1||Prescribed Fashion||Pinch an Inch|
|Utensils of Destruction||Force of Forgetting||Stitched and Bound||As Is|