Eliza Bennett - A woman’s work is never done, 2011
Using my own hand as a base material, I considered it a canvas upon which I stitched into the top layer of skin using thread to create the appearance of an incredibly work worn hand. By using the technique of embroidery, traditionally employed to represent femininity and applying it to the expression of it’s opposite, I hope to challenge the pre-conceived notion that ‘women’s work’ is light and easy. Aiming to represent the effects of hard work arising from employment in low paid ancillary jobs such as cleaning, caring, and catering, all traditionally considered to be ‘women’s work’.
Not only can so called ‘women’s work’ damage hands due to chemicals, but having rough or broken skin can be seen as unattractive and unfeminine. Women are supposed to have soft, small hands with slender fingers. Mine look like I beat off crocodiles for a living.
….I’ve decided to keep that sentence as is.