DRESS  

“Put on that dress
I’m going out dancing
Starting off red
Clean and sparkling,
He’ll see me”

I am interested in the casual, everyday objectification of women’s bodies; the way the waist is treated like a moveable sculpture; dressed in garments that cinch to reveal the thinness of the thinnest part, making of the body a tidy shape on which to put some ornamentation - like a vase ready to be painted. This series uses a limited number of shapes at play with one another to create multiple variations that reference fashion, smart-phone screens and the half-tone dot of the printed image.


My curiosity in making these works was around positive and negative space; the way that the coloured dots seem to vibrate and jump from on the dress to in front of the dress, revealing or obscuring the body. I became fascinated with adding ornament to ornament until it reached a pretty (or ugly) climax.


Quote is from the song Dress, by PJ Harvey


2017
series of paper pulp paintings,
recycled fibre and pigment

each 20 x 17 cm