Vestiges of Emancipation, 2011
mixed media, vintage woven steel tape measures
The sculpture takes the form of four female torsos, hand woven from vintage steel tape measures. They are presented in a frozen metamorphosis between the opposing forces of restraint and freedom. The materials were chosen to exploit their weathered quality and to add a sense of conformism. My intent is to express the struggle and resilience of the suffragettes. I hope that the work serves as a testament to the unity and steadfastness of the suffragette movement, while also expressing the continuing struggle for equality and freedom still being sought by women around the world today.*
I feel a connection to this work on a number of levels...too many to list. Vestiges of Emancipation and Sandra's immense creativity, artistry and vision will stay with me for quite a while. I hope it is so with you as well.
*artist statement from FI 2013 exhibition catalog