Needlework has long been perceived as women’s work. “Imposing Words: Contemporary Family Matters” by Ruri Clarkson exhibits embroidery works that sew together contemporary women’s voices. The exhibition takes place from March 14 to 20, 2013, at Nidi Gallery (free admission).
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From Press Release:
Ruri Clarkson will present her new work “IMPOSING WORDS: Contemporary family matters” at Nidi gallery. Her exhibition will highlight discordant keywords of contemporary Japanese family by using embroidery, a method closely associated with women. 「負け犬」 （makeinu）, which literally translates to “loser dog” but refers to single woman without partner, and 「婚活」 (konkatsu), which means marriage hunt, are just few of the words that get passed around by the media to spotlight the shift in domestic structure in contemporary Japan. These words impose themselves on Japanese women with their overloaded meanings, blurring the separation between the “ideal self” in the eyes of society and the “true self” which is unaffected by society.
Adorning each imposing words with wordplay inspired motifs, by the task of sewing, Clarkson examines and questions the usage of these words and their impact on women’s lives. The venue will be set up as a “home”, with laundry lines running from wall to wall with artworks hanging from them. In this “home” the audience are invited to feel the doily shaped artworks with their hands to readjust the distance they have between the imposing word and themselves.