Disobedient Bodies

I’ve been spending some time away from the studio after a busy few weeks so I finally got the chance to see Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson Curates The Hepworth Wakefield and I wasn’t disappointed.

I’ve seen a few images on social media and heard comments from friends about the exhibition but it was wonderful to see the pieces in person. During my degree I specialised in machine knitting and felt making so I felt at home surrounded by knitwear and sculptural forms.

Detail of 28 Jumpers, JW Anderson
Detail of 28 Jumpers, JW Anderson
Detail of 28 Jumpers, JW Anderson
Detail of 28 Jumpers, JW Anderson

I studied fashion as part of my degree in textile crafts so I was excited to see pieces by Helmut Lang exhibited alongside sculptures by Louise Bourgeois and Barbara Hepworth.

Echo VIII, 2007, Louise Bourgeois
Echo VIII, 2007, Louise Bourgeois

I have always loved Bourgeois’ work, particularly her textile pieces.

Louise Bourgeois developed an early love of textiles while working in her family’s tapestry workshop restoring damaged pieces. Her own fabric works consist mostly of personal belongings such as shirts, skirts, towels, handkerchiefs, sheets and stockings. In Echo VIII, a narrow, draped garment, stretched from sleeve to sleeve, has been cast in bronze, lending it the appearance of having been frozen in the form of a standing figure.

Helmut Lang Pieces
Helmut Lang (left to right) Astro-Moto Blouson, Pale Rose Harness, Pale Blue Skeleton Bondage T-Shirt, Black Feather Harness and Black Harness Strap Holster

There was a fascinating triptych of Nomade Vests by Elisabeth de Senneville comprising of fabric and paper with a plastic overlay containing souvenirs from Elisabeth’s travels around China. I was fascinated by this collection of objects and papers trapped in the layers of a garment.

Nomade Vest S/S 1977, Elisabeth de Senneville
Nomade Vest S/S 1977, Elisabeth de Senneville

Disobedient Bodies is showing at The Hepworth until the 18 June and I recommend a visit to see this beautifully curated show.

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