1 n. Ropes supporting a large structure.
2 n. Set-up / makeshift, to fit with clothes
3 v. To arrange dishonestly for one’s own advantage.
Pencil & Printed Ink on Paper, 841 x 594mm
This piece integrates images of lace within the drawing, produced through different printmaking techniques. These involve transferring photocopied images of lace directly onto the paper using solvents that lift the ink out of the original copy, as well as dousing actual lace in Indian ink and literally printing the pattern onto the paper directly from the material itself.
Lace is used in this work because of its association with women through its manufacture, history and use. Although a beautiful, delicate and "feminine" material used to decorate and adorn, it is also steeped in a history of women’s hard labour which underlies such opulence.
In this piece the lace garment resembles a rope-like structure in which the woman is fitted, enhancing certain contours of her body, as she becomes tied into this conventionally delicate material and its 'dangerous' feminine connotations.