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Art Gallery of Mississauga

Exhibition Detail
Sweetness of the Work
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 3C1
Canada


March 7th, 2013 - April 20th, 2013
Opening: 
March 7th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Tears, Noelle HamlynNoelle Hamlyn, Tears
© Courtesy of the artist and the Art Gallery of Mississauga
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Sweetness of the Work is part of a collection exploring the possibilities of crystalline forms in lace work. In this installation, Mississauga-based Hamlyn works with cotton thread embroidered to create a web like structure which are then exposed to a saline solution. This process encourages the formation of crystals. The evaporation rate, sun exposure, temperature, salt type and saturation of the solution were varied to create this delicate lace form floating in space. The process, as well as the nature of the resulting salt crystals on the embroidered surface creates an apt metaphor for the accumulation of stitches, labour and the hours invested in traditional women’s hand work.  Sweetness of the Work is an homage to the salt tears of the seamstress, as if a gentle meditation on the loss of traditional hand skills. It also speaks to the hierarchical structures that shape our perception of “women’s work,” exposing cloth and lace work as a socio-political medium of contemporary relevance.


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