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Averil Cooper

Averil Cooper aims to consider the tension between the public and the private front: between openness and secrecy, control and ‘letting go’, and access and rebuttal. Her concern is with the intimacy of fabric (both in clothing and in domestic use) whilst at the same time showing that fabric in public and private can inhabit very different domains. She calls attention to the blurred line between ‘feminine activity’ and the world of the ready-made – how the latter is incorporated into our vision of existence by means of hand crafted works into which the ready-made has been absorbed. She also reflects on the apparent innocuousness of domestic objects and textiles which sometimes provide cover for latent aggression and anger, in addition to the desire for control of the outside world.

Alveera Rahman