Collaborating, team work, documentation and resilience
The entrance to the MFA studios has a space called 26 Paces, we were given the opportunity to work together with lecturer Tom Dale to Curate a show in this space.
By being given a time slot for this exhibition I decided to make a specific piece. I had been thinking a lot about domesticity and at the same time the 'Woman's marches' were taking place, also international women's day was fast approaching. These combined made me think about different eras and the changing roles of women in the home. Phrases like 'A woman's place is in the home' and 'She wear's the trousers' sprang to mind.
I made quite a obvious piece, I asked a lot of strong independent women if I could take their photo for a project on a Woman's place being in the home, most laughed at such an old fashioned notion but with good intent also agreed. I went on to hand-sew these images together to create a pair of trousers. The hips were slightly exaggerated and the legs a little shorter to represent the feminine.
The exhibition was then curated with Tom Dale and I think the overall feeling was that it was quite rushed and the reasoning for certain placements were not explained thoroughly. So although the end result was a well structured, good looking exhibition and I followed him around throughout the set up I'm still not sure I fully understand his logic and reasoning for some of the placements and why they worked.
The following day we had a feedback discussion with Ian Monroe who went through all our works individually.
Whilst I was making this piece I had moved on mentally from it, and by the time the exhibition came around I had come to the conclusion that gender roles were not a key interest to me relating to my overall topic of Home and that this item of clothing didn't quite work for me.
The feedback I received then reflected some of my own thoughts, could I have used more homely photo's rather than women, the piece is Kitsch was that intentional? Why not print on actual material rather than paper and all the main pieces I have made are clothing related and begging to be worn, would I consider wearing some of my pieces or doing a performance piece?
I feel that for me the 26 paces exhibition was not hugely successful, the piece I made didn't reflect what I wanted it to and also moved away from my original ideas on domesticity, it was too literal and didn't leave enough for the audience to question. However by making this piece some questions were also cleared up for me, I realised that I would not be interested in doing a performance piece but would consider wearing the work, or possibly being inside the work which helped lead to ideas around my final piece.