Ellen Lesperance’s Reconstructed Feminist Sweaters Realized As Drawings And Garments

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In her upcoming exhibit at Ambach & Rice, artist Ellen Lesperance intently and painstakingly reconstructs the sweaters of feminism’s heroines.  Hand drawn and hand knit, the installation serves to attach these women’s politcal ideals and activism to their personal identity.  Lesperance lovingly presents the objects nearly as if they were relics.  Indeed, throughout the exhibit Lesperance alludes to ancient heroines in connection with these modern ones.  In that light, the sweaters become a sort of “soft armor” in a struggle that extends from ancient female warriors to today’s feminist activists.  Appropriately, the title of Lesperance’s exhibit is It’s Never Over.

 

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  • harekrishna

    How do you cover this very original work and not mention one feminist’s name to which she is paying homage?

  • http://www.artatbay.com/ Danny Olda

    Sorry – should’ve expounded on that in the article. Really, these women deserve much more than a short mention here. Anyhow, some are Susan Chavez, Nancy Spero, Rachel Corrie, and Beth O’Brien.