Keeping Up Appearances

Ashley Blalock's avatar Ashley Blalock

Keeping Up Appearances is an installation series consists of vibrant red forms nailed and tied to the wall that are actually giant crochet doilies. Although non-threatening in a domestic setting, in the gallery and at this scale the forms overtake the viewer and cover the walls. The doilies themselves represent a certain desire to keep up the appearance of gentility to the outside world expressed through the arrangement of objects in the domestic setting. Inherent is a compulsion to arrange and place and decorate in order to control or influence a perceived outward appearance. The red color gives away the futility of such an act and hints at the unease that lurks below the surface of an obsessive need to control and arrange. This installation series has evolved over time and each expression is a response to the specific space of the installation.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: Variable
  • Medium: Yarn
  • Width: Variable
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: Variable