SAFE GUARD TEMPLE
Safe Guard Temple (2013), Fabric, Wire, Plastic, Hair
Corsets served as a “beauty” enhancing tool that momentarily and permanently changed the woman’s body. The underpinnings changed and even forced a different shape on the organs. This was all done for, desire. All the small and not so small ways in which society dictates how women are “supposed to look, and act.” Safe Gard Temple, reflects on the Victorian era, it critiques the Victorian flaws. Women were forced to wear garments that discomfited them, but they couldn’t do anything about it because it was part of the Victorian culture. This wearable sculpture defends, protect, shield, shelter the woman’s body and serves as an armor to protect women against societies desires, and hunger for beauty. This armor defends the body and provides a barrier. This piece mimics the corset yet, rejects some of its qualities (boning, laced closers), it is a way to reject Victorian norms, it is a way for women to not conform to society’s selfish wants and needs to see women down sized to the idealized woman; that isn’t realistic. Clothing is the first line of defense, this piece also includes hair. As hair performs a variety of functions. Hair in this piece in particular represents the natural defenses of the body, hair servers as a coat on the body to protect, guards the external and internal parts of the body.