Image Credit: Molly JF Caldwell, Esker Foundation
This site-specific installation is a love letter to Penelope, a mythical figure from Homer’s Odyssey. Piously waiting for her husband to return from the Trojan War, Penelope repeatedly wove, unraveled, and rewove a tapestry to avoid her scores of suitors. Through her own textile-based practice, Caldwell considers multiple readings of Penelope’s labour; is it an utterance of her autonomy and power, or a visual manifestation of her subservience? With One Hand Tied Behind My Back reflects Caldwell’s ongoing research on the complexities and contradictions of labour, care, gender, and sexuality.
This talk will happen online. Followed by a Q & A with assistant curator Elizabeth Diggon.
Register for talk here. August 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.