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Threads of Anarchy, 2023

Video and mixed-media.

Dimensions variable. 

Transforming work clothes to a military uniform and then again to a decorative expression of power from another age, I am exploring how expressions of masculinity and femininity have shifted and evolved as performative practice over the centuries. The uniform is representative of a uniform for an imagined anarchist militia – one that hides an individual’s identity as protection from higher powers. The uniform is also an equaliser and way to empower the wearer. Inspired by 18th century frock coats, the machined embroidery elevates the uniform to a decorative object that is created by female hands. The ‘dagger’ embroidery performance speaks to the feminine crafting tradition that underlies these cultural facades. Weaving throughout the work is the anarchist rose motif – bridging and blurring the lines between masculine and feminine; challenging the rules of identity and expression.


Thank you to Lorelei Siegloff and Lesley Hills-Siegloff.

This work was created on Kaurna Country.

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