Safe Guard Temple (2013), Fabric, Wire, Plastic, Hair

Corsets served as a “beauty” enhancing tool that had permanent effects on it’s wearer. The underpinnings due to the damaging effect of a tight corset caused a host of health problems for woman.  changed the woman’s body. 

The pulling of the lace gave the wearer a desired shape; generally along the lines of an hourglass. Such practices were 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 to reject deforming fashion practices. 

Clothing is the first line of defense, this wearable sculpture in addition to plastic tubing 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.


©2018 Shaqui Reed