Used Tape, a metaphor describing women with a sexual history in abstinence-only teachings, uses textiles (a.k.a. women’s work) to address shame surrounding female sexuality. Scale is manipulated to emphasize bodies and shrink pleas, emulating how support for women is literally downplayed while the display of the body is aggrandized. Dissonance occurs between distinctly female actions from masturbation illustrated in the work to the creation of these traditional weavings. Aligning intimate portrayals of the female body with sterile manufactured products, both become items of utility, confounding the difficulties that arise when navigating sex, sexual relationships, assault, and rape.
~ Francesca Aton
images courtesy of the Artist and P•P•O•W, New York