I was invited by Ringwood Gallery to tease out the tensions between functionality of objects and their gender associations. To take as a starting point the ideas fixed to an object which imbue meaning beyond their intended purpose.
The purse is often represented as a badge of womanhood, old fashioned and traditional in status; a metaphor for women’s status.
In this Idée fixe exhibition the purse symbolises the heart, opened with absolute care to expose its tempting centre; closed through the domestic sense of predictability, sameness and reliability; and taking flight with an open heart releasing confidence, wellbeing and wonderment.
In this Idée Fixe exhibition the purse symbolises the heart closed through the domestic sense of predictability, sameness and reliability.