pull, stretch, hold, tight
pull, stretch, hold, tight was on exhibit at the Jewett Art Gallery in Wellesley, MA in November 2013. This two-person show featured work by Althea Murphy-Price and myself.
In this show, we explore conformity and self-perception by isolating elements of the body. Althea’s bound and tangled representations of hair address issues of tension, discomfort and surrender shaped by culture. My paper bathing suits make us reconsider how our bodies are perceived while bringing to light vulnerability and exposure.
We both have an art practice that is based on a love of making and a deep appreciation for material. Our deliberate design sensibility makes use of line to convey the tactile and sensitive. My use of a fine, drawn line references fabric textures and abstracted body hair, playing between a bathing suit and an underdress, skin and clothing. Althea preserves the line of individual strands of hair to create arrangements that are gestural and structured, elegant and chaotic.
The work in pull, stretch, hold, tight asks us to reexamine our relationship to the body. This outward reflection of internal identity is at times tenuous and yielding.