Dirty Laundry, 2007
Harlequin book covers, paint, fabric, string, rag papers,
clothespins, lint, mannequin
In Dirty Laundry, I played with the conflict between a woman's dual roles as proper domestic matron and desirable sex object.
For thirty days, everywhere I went, I carried cards cut from rag paper in my pockets. Every time I had a lustful daydream or 'impure' thought, I wrote it down in detail on one of the cards. I put each card, with a load of my dirty laundry, through the washing machine and the dryer.
I collected the lint from the dryer lint trap, and sewed myself a matronly nightdress, using the collection of 'tainted' dryer lint as stuffing in the large flowers which embellish the dress. I created a space to house the dress, by creating wallpaper which included a selection of images from the over 500 Harlequin books my grandmother owned, and hung my (laundered) dirty confessions on clotheslines overhead.
This installation was featured at Cre8ery's After Hours show.