A Mixture of Frailties is an intriguing installation by British artist Susie MacMurray that prominently displays a 6-foot-tall gown made of 1,400 household gloves. Each of the yellow gloves, typically used for household chores like cleaning and washing, have been turned inside out, revealing their white interior. The intentional color choice seems to allude to a wedding gown, leading the viewer to ruminate on its significance.
Though at first it seems like a quirky fashion piece, the work is far more thought-provoking as one reflects on the materials used and the silhouette created. Using a tailor's mannequin, MacMurray simulates the form of the female body buried in these gloves. From afar, it seems almost feathery and light, but it is upon closer inspection that one notices its weighty, almost suffocating nature. Ultimately, there's a connection made between the feminine form and the work that is traditionally expected of women, forcing viewers to reflect on social and cultural expectations.
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