These deconstructed suits are part of a series that keeps me thinking and re-working, over and over.
I keep returning to them, adding pins, skeletal structures of thread. I ponder the deconstruction of a symbol of power.
One of the many things that women share world wide is wage disparity with men. In the US, the average gender wage gap, is 23%. When considering the wages of CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, the gap narrows to 17%, but the number of women holding the position also reduces. Women are roughly 51% of the population in the US, holding 4.2% of the top positions in Fortune 500 companies.
What is it, then, that represents this overwhelming male power? Perhaps it is the suit.
Deconstructing Power is a series of stitched assemblages that consider the artificiality of the power suit, designed to enhance male images of power. Developed out of European styles of the aristocracy, the power suit, once established, changed little and now is the near ubiquitous symbol of power for the urban male. The deconstructed suits are stitched onto floral/feminine upholstery fabrics with their artifice prominent. Once splayed open, they become simply the stuff of which they are made: cleverly woven textiles cleverly assembled for effect, often by the hands of women.