SUSAN J WHITE
Idle Hands, 2010
Artist performance, hair, cotton thread, photographs, chair, table, found doily, Great-aunt Louise's thread balls, crochet hooks, box, and scissors, and Great-Grandmother's book.
10 wall installation.
Idle hands was a performance piece I created for the show Handmade Meaning: The Value of Craft in Victorian and Contemporary Culture at the James Watrous Gallery in Madison, WI. For this exhibition, Victorian fancywork was collected from museums and state historical societies to present alongside contemporary Wisconsin artwork that use similar processes or materials. My work with hair was chosen in juxtaposition to the elegant hair wreaths from the late nineteenth century. I came to the gallery 3 times a week for the duration of the show to sit and crochet.

Photograph by Martha Glowacki
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