Rust and Satin

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Rust and Satin is the expression of my experiences as a woman. Process, material, and form are the visual vocabulary of these experiences. The processes of casting iron, working with steel, needlework and sewing each represent different aspects of my education and upbringing, but they also signify traditional ideas about men and women in the workplace; labor; industry; and masculinity and femininity. The materials, cast iron, steel, satin, silk, and lace seem to speak for themselves. The weight of the iron and steel connotes strength and permanence, while the texture of satin, silk and lace emanates luxury and elegance. Women’s accessories and adornments are physically beautiful forms. These forms, which reflect the influence of my grandmothers who were both beauticians, also comment on the ideas of feminine beauty and grace.