Undergraduate Work [Edinburgh College of Art, 1996]
In my Undergraduate Degree Show I showed work referring to various issues of identity.
In the performance, The Man's Nest a Woman's Cage, I used the crinoline as a metaphor of the entrapment of fashion ideals women and men are subjected to. The female "fashion victim" trapped inside the crinoline was spinning it around her body, as three male (macho) glassblowers continued to apply hot glass to the crinoline. The glass got pulled into a thin thread, thus wrapping the woman in hot glass and the crinoline structure protected her from getting burnt.
In the show the crinoline was exhibited "finished," covered with glass thread. Next to the crinoline a video showed the performance, edited in a endless loop.
In Kali's Thorax - Glass Corset I made a garment to speak of the torment and pain, mainly women suffer, while adhering to the trends of fashion. The corset is displayed hanging, enabling the viewers to look inside and grasp the size of the body squeezed into the corset. Exhibited next to the corset are life-size black and white photographs, of a woman wearing the corset. The transparent glass reveals how the corset cuts and compresses the body.
Threads of Life is an imaginary storage of life-threads made from glass spun onto large spools. The 63 spools in the exhibition are stacked from floor to ceiling, with the intention to create a feeling of plenty and the rows of spools are placed in a half circle, as to surround the viewer. The title refers to three sisters featured in Nordic Mythology, spinning the "threads of life," and dictating the life of humans and Gods and determine when everybody will live and die. The installation speaks of the uniqueness of each life in the endless cycle of life and death.