Smashin’ Fashion / Les robes de glace
2010 - 2013
A series of suspended assemblages suggestive of life-size cut-out dress shapes. Constructed from recycled glass bottles, or ceramic tea cups and saucers, these fragile, jewel-like, shimmery constructions hang in mid-air, engaging the viewer not only to look at the object, but through it, like a window or magnifying glass. A secondary optical effect occurs when shadows, reflected by the hard, sharp-edged shapes, resemble the soft, light forms of lace, knitting or crochet, ephemerally tatooing wall or floor surfaces.
In reference to a line in one of Leonard Cohen’s songs ‘the dress that you wore for the world to look through’, the eye says ‘dress’, but the brain says ‘impossible’. The assemblages hold the beauty, the shape, the breath-taking image we subscribe to as society’s model or prototype for women.
In juxtaposition to the glass forms, the ceramic works in this series are playing with the notion of fabric, print and patterns.
This body of work addresses fashion, women, desire and seduction.