HOOP; XL / Ashley Opperman / Acrylic and ink on canvas (18") / 2015
By removing the painting from its traditional frame and into a tool customary to needlework and handcrafts, HOOP pushes at the boundaries of Fine Art. The embroidery hoop reflects textiles, which in the past was largely generalized as a craft reserved for women. The marble pattern is not only illustrious and beautiful, it also references classical sculpture, which is quintessentially 'Fine Art' and at it's height was predominantly governed by male artists.
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