Form over Function: Women's Wear
A riff in graphite, acrylic, oil and pastel on a historical range of women's dress, primarily undergarments.  Women championed certain styles or wore them because the times and society demanded it.  Some garments were designed for comfort and freedom, some for enhancing or exaggerating the body to appeal to the male gaze.  I find beauty in the structure and design even as I am repelled by some of it; it was just as often women's work to produce these objects as to wear them.  I began with the shirtwaists, in homage to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: the women who perished were producing garments for modern life.  From there I moved back and forth in time, riffing on the exaggerated panniers of the 1700s and bustles that followed, through to the pointy brassieres and boned girdles of the 1950s. Upholding My ValuesPhantasmWithholdingBodice RipperStomacherSwaggerDo These Panniers Make Me Look FatHover BroadUpholding My Values (Study)PersuasionAloftWhat Support Can do for YouBlushing BroadI Dreamed I Was VenusWhite TeethBras and Branches Camouflage8 SlipsCinchAustensiblyIn A Startling Reversal (Black on White)In A Startling Reversal (White on Black)Point TakenThe Natural Lines of A Woman's Body Has Its Points18 Hour BraTwistCorseted, White on WhiteCorseted White on GreyTiny Buttons All In A RowShirtwaistSee Thru MeShirtwaist, White on Black, 3/4 viewWhen Doves CryShirtwaist, Cadmium Orange Feelin'BlueAshes, Ashes, We All Fall DownCrimson CoquetteQuite A Pair, Black on WhiteQuite A Pair, White on BlackHoveringDeep in ConversationRustle