Angela Ellsworth, ‘Seer Bonnet XIX (Flora Ann)’, 2011, Lisa Sette Gallery
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Seer Bonnet XIX (Flora Ann), 2011

24,182 pearl corsage pins, fabric, steel, wood
60 × 13 × 16 in
152.4 × 33 × 40.6 cm
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Phoenix
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Angela Ellsworth
American, b. 1964
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Through performance, action drawing, video, and sculptural installations, the multidisciplinary artist Angela Ellsworth explores the intersections between art and daily life, public and private. She is particularly interested in the body in motion, tracking physical movement and researching how the body responds to materials, space, and social structures. Her work is informed by the histories of public art, feminism, and religious traditions, especially those pertaining to her rejected Mormon heritage. Her series of “Seer Bonnets: A Continuing Offense” (2009-10) are small reproductions of 19th-century women’s bonnets constructed from thousands of pearl-tipped corsage pins embedded into fabric in precise circular patterns evoking early Mormon “seer stones”. While the pearlescent surfaces look beautiful and pure, the sharp metal pins render the bonnets’ interiors menacing, in reference to domestic oppression, submission, and control endured by women.

Angela Ellsworth, ‘Seer Bonnet XIX (Flora Ann)’, 2011, Lisa Sette Gallery
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About the work
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Angela Ellsworth
American, b. 1964
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Through performance, action drawing, video, and sculptural installations, the multidisciplinary artist Angela Ellsworth explores the intersections between art and daily life, public and private. She is particularly interested in the body in motion, tracking physical movement and researching how the body responds to materials, space, and social structures. Her work is informed by the histories of public art, feminism, and religious traditions, especially those pertaining to her rejected Mormon heritage. Her series of “Seer Bonnets: A Continuing Offense” (2009-10) are small reproductions of 19th-century women’s bonnets constructed from thousands of pearl-tipped corsage pins embedded into fabric in precise circular patterns evoking early Mormon “seer stones”. While the pearlescent surfaces look beautiful and pure, the sharp metal pins render the bonnets’ interiors menacing, in reference to domestic oppression, submission, and control endured by women.

Seer Bonnet XIX (Flora Ann), 2011

24,182 pearl corsage pins, fabric, steel, wood
60 × 13 × 16 in
152.4 × 33 × 40.6 cm
Unique
Sold
Location
Phoenix
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