Soft Sculpture > Femiliar

In this body of work, I used traditional textile techniques to explore and exploit notions of ‘women’s work’, femininity, gender identity and cultural taboo. I did this utilizing human hair as a fibre in the construction of clothing or textile-based items, as well as other objects associated with the realm of domesticity and women’s work. These ‘artifacts’ stand to represent the female body as my main site for exploration, in order to reference or embody changing ideas and boundaries around a woman’s physical place in society, as well as her own sense of self. I investigate how textile practices function as a subversive language for relating the female experience, how perceptions and taboos around body/ hair influence identity, and how these elements relate in terms of a cultural narrative.

Pubescence: detail
found slip, human hair, found crinoline, found shoes, minipads, menstrual blood, found hanger
2003
Matrimonial Bedsheets: detail, bedsheet 2 of 3
orlon, cotton, human hair, silk, tulle
2001
Dreaded Corps Baleine: front
human hair, cloth, embellishments
2003
Dreaded Corps Baleine: back
human hair, cloth, embellishments
2003
Bloodline: detail, 'Annie Eliza'
acrylic, human hair and menstrual blood
2003
Bloodline: detail, 'Emmeline'
acrylic, human hair and menstrual blood
2003
Mourning Bonnet: detail
human hair, embellishments, found wooden hat stand
2002
Bloomers: detail, side
human hair, silk, ribbon, found satin hanger
2004
Bloomers: detail
human hair, silk, ribbon, found satin hanger
2004
Hair Pie
pastry, human hair, cake stand, silk
2004
Hair pie: detail
pastry, human hair, cake stand, silk
2004
She's a Tease
human hair, embellishments, found bed frame and found gilt mirror
2003
Untitled: detail
found/mixed media
2004