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Women's Work

Molly Burgess's avatar Molly Burgess

My goal this year was to celebrate the beauty and importance of work that is considered inherently feminine through fiber art, one of the few mediums that has been dominated by women, both historically and currently. I've chosen to represent this by using the mythology of the three sister seamstresses - the Fates - and the imagery of moths who, in their larval stage, are silk makers. Each moth represents a different sister and her specific task. Clotho, the spinner, creates the thread of a persons life. She is the creation and creativeness we are capable of with our bodies and minds. Lachesis measures the thread, determining the span of life. She is our productivity and ingenuity. Atropos, the cutter decides the time and manner of death by snipping the measured thread. She is the difficulty of our jobs, and our determination. In our society "women's work" is an inherently negative term, even insulting. The jobs this term is meant to describe are vital, difficult, and lovely.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3"
  • Medium: Fiber
  • Width: 22"
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 18"