My Camisole de Force show is ready for this weekend at the @nwmarine Open Art Studios. 3-9pm >>>>>>In my new work, Camisole de Force, an Exploratory Project, I will be connecting and creatively building on the physicality of the straight jacket. These jackets will each be addressing and accumulating a historical, personal or social theme that ties in with emotional or intellectual binding.
Within each piece, I will draw from my own personal experiences, and will tap into history and cultural climate.
The term is also used metaphorically, as in the phrase "intellectual straitjacket" to criticize very tight boundaries on what ideas are allowed, as imposed by an ideological system of thought.
The history of binding and control can be unraveled culture by culture as well as through ideologies. The binding and control of women can be found throughout time, and I want to research, explore these dynamics and create a project based series of artworks based on the accumulative findings along with my personal response to those findings.
With current research and planning for the Camisole De Force project, I have begun to unravel the psychological and emotional similarities to the garment itself, being bound by personal, cultural or gender norms.
Each straight jacket I create will represent a time personally, historically, and/or culturally of being bound.
Themes and ideas will build on each other as the project unfolds.
I research the historical, cultural and physical aspects of the straight jacket and their creation, as well as the artistic approach to the design. What have you felt bound by? What constrains have controlled your life?
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