my pritties

(I’ll get you) My Pritties, natural threads, found fabrics, relief print,
feathers, fome board: embroidery, weaving, appliqué,
7 ft. 2 in. x 4 ft. 9 in., Margaret Sunday 2017

my pritties - detail

(I’ll get you) My Pritties, detail, Margaret Sunday 2017

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pantyhose 1 and 2, Margaret Sunday 2017

pantyhose 5 and 6, Margaret Sunday, 2017

pantyhose 3 and 4, Margaret Sunday 2017

pantyhose 7 and 8, Margaret Sunday, 2017

 

pantyhose 5

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Sunday__old interactive muff__6089

Old Interactive Muff (pull gently), needle work: found
object, cotton and eider down, 13 in. x 8 in. x 4 in.,
Margaret Sunday, 2017

My daughter brought a hand-warming muff home from the thrift store and said, “Here, you might be able to do something with this.” I peeled away the soiled faux-fur sleeve to find a small feather bag within. The tag on the pull string at bottom reads, “pull gently”.________________________

 

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Pantyhose, monotype, M. Sunday 2017 jpeg

Pantyhose 1, monotype, 15 in. x 10.5 in., Margaret Sunday 2017

Pantyhose II, monotype, M. Sunday 2017 jpeg

Pantyhose 2, monotype, 15 in. x 10.5 in., Margaret Sunday 2017

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panty hose tops lino cut

Pantyhose  Tops, linoleum cut printed ala poupé on Kitakata
paper, 20.5 in. x 17 in., Margaret Sunday 2017

 

panty hose bottoms lino cut

Pantyhose Bottoms, linoleum cut on Kitakata paper, artist’s proof, 20.5 in. x  17 in.,  Margaret Sunday 2018

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Pantyhose is a series of works in a variety of media that explore pantyhose as object, artifact and metaphorical construct from the point of view of the wearer. These works concern both visible and not-so-visible (sheer?) controls intended to re-surface the forms and functions of human bodies. The acts of making are exposed and indulged through an invented vocabulary of thread-work, with results that are variously delicate and coarse, elegant and clownish.

The phenomenon of human conditioning to the trappings of restraint is evidenced by a timely image: on television, the Trump campaign stage and 5 women wearing Caucasoid-nude high heels and color-matched stockings. As if the shoes had emerged fully formed at the ends of their legs. Bendy Barbie legs with finial feet; 10 legs counted; 10 the same. One wobbled.

The societal function of sameness has—I suppose—some value, although many would like to think not. Images of sameness wherein conformity is a condition for inclusion are imposed on the beheld and beholder alike, and to an extent they let us believe that we exist in an orderly world, yet our quirky, individualistic preferences persist. —mls

photography: John Blake