Artist turns cat-calls into cross stitch
All women have probably heard it at some point in their lives — you’re just walking down the street when a stranger feels the need to tell you how good (or bad) you look. American artist Elana Adler has immortalised the phrases she has heard in cross stitch, making them not just unforgettable to her, but to the whole world. Elana Adler writes about the collection, titled ‘You Are My Duchess’, on her website:
This series of forty (plus) samplers is intended to be provocative and evoke emotion. It is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of my personal experience. Each captures a moment, giving these words a visual presence, a power, and a state of concreteness. These words were hurled casually and heard quickly but required hours of time-consuming, careful stitching.
You read one sampler. Perhaps you are amused, but as you continue reading and consider the body as an entire collection, the response changes. The inherent filth emerges. It is a beautification of an assault. Perhaps in the moment these statements are meant to compliment, but most don’t find vulgar, highly sexualized statements whispered or screamed at them by random strangers complimentary. Rather, they are an invasion of personal space.
Elana has put hours of work into each piece, making the unwanted comments her own. Thought provoking and quite beautiful, her art work is well worth taking a look at. You can find all the work in this series on her website.