By using the technique of embroidery, traditionally employed to represent femininity and applying it to the expression of it’s opposite, the artist challenges 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’.
A Woman's Work is Never Done
Using her own hand as a base material, Eliza Bennett considered it a canvas upon which she stitched into the top layer of skin using thread to create the appearance of an incredibly work worn hand.
Born in the Midlands, Eliza Bennett now resides in London. She took a BTEC National Diploma in Art, specialising in textiles and went on to study a BA in Fashion Design at Middlesex University. In her own words: “I chose a course that placed emphasis on concept and the creation of these ideas, as I was excited by the sculptural and figurative elements in fashion design. After graduating I found...