Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hand in Glove


I was at Dolphin Gallery last week and noticed a card for Ellen Greene's work which had been at Birdie's.  Greene collects vintage gloves and uses them as her canvas.  Seeing gloves as a symbol of a past ideal of femininity, of protection and restraint, she marries them with images of tattoos, the art of which is rooted in a male tradition.  I did have my eyelids done and while I'm happy with the results, I can't quite shake the niggling feeling that I have capitulated to two forces: personal vanity and some sort of larger mystical pressure that stresses physical beauty as ideal.   I'm not torturing myself over it (in fact, I bought eye shadow for the first time in years) but it's bugging me.  Greene's pieces hit me when I may be most vulnerable to them.  You can find them here.

Image, "Omi Wise" via artbyellengreene.com.

4 comments:

Karena said...

Very interesting concept and genre. Some quite graphic all unique!

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Anonymous said...

If you get a chance, read Ashley Judd on the subject of objectification here:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/09/ashley-judd-slaps-media-in-the-face-for-speculation-over-her-puffy-appearance.html

Kate

mary said...

I'm thinking about a little work, too. You are definitely inspiring me. Photos of the new you?? Mary

peggy braswell said...

I also had my eyelids done + love them + very painful, the process. Love the gloves. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com