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Angela Ellsworth is an American multidisciplinary artist whose paintings, drawings, installations and performances explore the female body in its various contexts and constraints. Her work considers subjects such as physical fitness, endurance, social ritual, religious tradition, performance art and American colonial history. Ellsworth ‘Seer Bonnets: A Continuing Offense’
(2009-2010) refers to her rejected Mormon heritage presented through series of antiquated pioneer women’s bonnets, constructed out of thousands of pearl-tipped corsage pins embedded into fabric with their points directed inwards. The small, fetish-like objects not only refer to the tradition of craft work in the home – women’s work – but also stand as disembodied memorials to the lives suffering cruelty, submission and control.
‘Seer Bonnets: a continuing offense’ is currently being exhibited as part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney