WhiteFeather
Wearing of Orders
2012
digital video
Video still.

This video project stems from an imagined history of women sewing badges to men, an act of service to their partners. Perhaps the men are going away to war, perhaps they have come home from war, or perhaps they serve in another profession that requires they wear their allegiances on their sleeves. The badge being sewn on, in this particular case, was created by the artist on an industrial electronic embroidery machine and then stitched by hand to the sweater sleeve of the participant. What the viewer will discover, if patient enough to watch through the entire fourteen-minute video and endure witnessing the labour involved in a simple act of sewing and dealing with string, is that this job is not done in service. It is done as a small act of territorial aggression, asserting the language of ownership through a technique known as one of the "gentle arts".
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