Artist Eliza Bennett takes embroidery to the extreme, literally creating an art installation in her skin! She uses her own hand and skin as a base for embroidery to create immensely work worn hands; in hopes of challenging stigmas related to traditionally considered ‘women’s work’ (such as sewing and embroidery) in her work named 'A Women's Work is Never Done- Flesh/Thread.'
She uses her own hands to shed light on society’s problematic pre-conceived notions of ‘women’s work’ as being easy work. Bennett literally depicts the labor and pain that goes into the trade of embroidery. She also demonstrates how undervalued and under paid the trade is, along with other gendered trades.
Bennett claims that her work has a “narrative quality," even though it’s shocking and extreme. Most importantly she states, “To me what makes a powerful work of art is when it moves one to acknowledge the wealth of feelings inside, whilst embracing the incoherence of lived experience”. Talk about being a dedicated artist!
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