15 '' x 42 ''
"Responsibility to your self means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you...it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger." - Adrienne Rich
This piece was inspired by the objectification of female bodies. In the making of this artwork, I thought about negative emotional spaces that are linked to the physical. While, my own female body has led to empowering positive moments in my life, like the birth of my son and the ability to make art, it has also led to negative experiences, such as being objectified because of my curves, and being a survivor of sexual assault. In designing this tapestry, I wanted to articualte each 'troublesome' part of my body as a cell, imprisoning each region. I also wanted to mix a tactile, visceral fiber with the geometric themes, to show the personal, human elements of the self straining against the objectification. I used a fine, almost greasy thread as the fringe, and have left it intentionally too long to add an animalistic contrast to the confinement above. The 'waist' of the piece darts in slightly, and the apex of the tapestry appears tethered, yet tangled, as if the very core of this body is unsettled by its inertia.