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Naiad / everybody needs time off

2015  :  23 x 23cm  :  cotton thread on cotton calico

Every advert on YouTube doesn't have to be about pregnancy tests and babies. We get it: the clock is ticking and soon we'll all be old and barren! 

Thanks for the helpful reminder, can we get back to watching the new Star Wars trailer now?

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The Naiads were water nymphs, said to have healing properties. Like all nymphs they were constantly objectified by men for their bodies, but if you pissed them off then they could drive you mad. I know who my eyes are on -_-

 

 
 
 

 

 

I took off all my clothes and it felt pretty good

2015:  cotton thread on cotton

 

People who have chronic illness seem to either never be able to put on weight, or lose it. This might be because of body functions going wrong, inability to exercise as much as you'd like or the side effects of medication. Add to that society's pressure to fit a certain aesthetic and it's a perfect recipe for body dysmorphia.  This is the only piece with a character who has a real face, because you have to look yourself in the eyes and say: fuck that shit, my body is great.

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This piece represents Aphrodite Urania; one of two incarnations of Aphrodite which were originally proposed by Plato. Urania symbolises pure and celestial love as opposed to Aphrodite Pandemos who was about earthly, physical lust.

 
 
 
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Perspective

2015  :  33 x 43cm  :  cotton thread on cotton calico

 

Perspective depicts Arachne, who challenged Athena to a tapestry contest. Her arrogance in thinking she could beat Athena (which in fairness she did) caused the goddess to get so angry she tore up Arachne's work. Arachne hung herself in grief at the goddess' rejection and in pity Athena turned her into a spider.

 
 
 
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SO TIRED OF THIS SHIT

2015  :  52 x 52cm  :  cotton thread on cotton

 

Because objectification of any kind sucks.

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This piece is based on the story of Medusa, possibly one of the most put-upon female characters from all of Greek mythology.

 
 
 

 

Somewhere / not here

2016  :  cotton thread on cotton calico

 

This piece is inspired by the story of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, who lost her daughter Persephone to Hades in the Underworld. Her grief was so much that she made the land barren and wandered the world endlessly, searching for her daughter. Persephone was eventually allowed to return for certain periods of the year, which led to the creation of the seasons; Spring and Summer for when they were reunited and Autumn and Winter for when they were apart.

 

 
 
 

 

A HALF-FORMED THOUGHT

2016  :  52 x 52cm  :  Cotton thread on cotton calico

 

A Half-Formed Thought explores the pleasurable and empowering nature of independent sexuality. Challenging the accepted notion that women are inferior unless in a relationship, or that being alone is an undesirable condition, it muses on the joy that can come from one-woman sexual adventures. The only person that a woman's sexuality and sexual empowerment is dependent on is herself.

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A Half-Formed Thought is inspired by the second rendition of Aphrodite: Aphrodite Pandemos. This is the more earthly, lusty and carnal of the two depictions of Aphrodite and is the one invoked and objectified by male artists and thinkers throughout history.

 
 
 
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BATHTIME PHILOSOPHY

2016:  52 x 52 cm:  Cotton thread on cotton calico

 

Consider the self: it is the focus of all our attention and the ego that stems from it can grow to be enormous. But whatever its size, the constituent parts are often delicate and vulnerable.

One of the tools we all seem to use to defend our sense of self is storytelling: we all construct a consistent, linear narrative of our lives that tries to make sense of events and to incorporate them into the stories of our life journeys. Even when our worlds are turned upside down, we all try to search for meaning, truths and lessons to take from these bad times to learn from, improve with, and incorporate into the narratives we construct about ourselves. 

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Bathtime Philosophy takes inspiration from Metis, the mother of Athena and embodiment of wisdom and deep thought.

 
 
 

ego’s county

2016  :  42 x 52 cm  : Cotton thread on cotton calico and muslin

 

Immortality isn't always everlasting life; for most people lasting life is granted in the legacies we leave behind. Traditionally these legacies are work-related, which have historically excluded the crucial domestic work of women in raising successful and, more importantly, happy and fulfilled descendants, at the expense of the immortality of their own names. While women continue to (slowly) move into high-performance work, with the opportunity to make a mark on traditional historical narratives for themselves, maybe it's time we re-examined what it is that constitutes living on, question what we want to be remembered for, and ask why anyone would want to be immortal anyway.

This piece takes its name from the poem Conscript (for James Ballard Sutton) by Philip Larkin

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Ego's County is inspired by the Hesperides; the nymphs of the setting sun. They tended the garden where the immortality-granting golden apples grew, which Heracles stole during his labours. In their grief they were turned into trees... because that's how we do it.