As women, we are constantly looked upon to fulfill multiple roles. We are mothers. We are wives. We are caretakers. We are housekeepers. We are the gatekeepers of our families. The list goes on and on. We are expected to fulfill all of these responsibilities simultaneously with ease and grace. If we fail, it is deduced that we must not have given sufficient effort to get it achieved. If we work full time jobs and have a family and husband, we are expected to balance all of these obligations seamlessly. If we are stay as housewives, we may be seen as lazy or uncommitted to advancing in a professional career.
Many times the efforts and strain in the life of women go unnoticed. In honor of the women whose tremendous work ethic is put off to the side, artist Eliza Bennet decided she would craft a unique statement to take a stance against this societal flaw. She wanted to demonstrate the plight of a working woman and thus entitled her unique art installation ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’ in the form of photographs of which she was the subject. The artist used her own hands to bring to life the theme behind these photographs and to display the issue in real time.
You’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. The artist did indeed weave designs of thread above the outermost layer of the skin of her palm. She used the elements of embroidery to convey the illusion of a hand that has worked for a lifetime; a well worn out hand. Most specifically, the artist wanted to focus on the plight of women who work in more labor-intensive careers at a low minimum wage.
While some may see this as some self-mutilation or attention-grabbing tactic; the artist wanted the piece to be more reflective of the values that we should reconsider within humanity. Ignoring the plight of working women, specifically those who work in less than glamorous jobs is not only ethically wrong but it also affects our youth’s future as well.I think this statement is incredibly evocative and really does move me to reevaluate my commitment to gender equality and feminist beliefs. This artist provides us with a perfect example on how we can become that much closer to understand the world from another’s eyes.
Thank you for taking the time to read the article. I really appreciate it.
Check out the original post on the artist’s website:
“I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
[ via Eliza Bennett ]