This unique cut and found welded sculpture standing 53 inches tall, is comprised of bronze and steel. The style of this dresses references armor, that of a Roman Gladiator. McCullough’s Garden Series subverts this macho symbol beautifully, by converting the bronze into a dress form; she at once emasculates it and creates the most feminine of objects. This theme carries over to McCullough other series where she coaxes the audience to re-examine their perceptions gender stereotypes and the nature of these unyielding metals. The piece is signed on the back by the artist. A certificate of authenticity is included.
About the Artist
Donna McCullough‘s Garden Girls and Drill Team series, which is comprised of mesh, steel, and bronze dress forms, coaxes the audience to re-examine their perceptions of the cultural icons, gender stereotypes and the nature of these unyielding metals. Intrigued by the dichotomy between perception and reality, her medium becomes symbolic, where the qualities of metal define not just itself but the object it eventually is molded to become. McCullough employs a juxtaposition of extremes: such as lightness and gravity, suppleness, and intransigence, to convey feminine sensibilities. The duplicitous nature of bronze or mesh, which can be manipulated to appear feminine and soft while actually maintaining its strength and rigidity – the dresses are at once both elegant and imposing.
“Fashion is well known as a reliable reflection of cultural trends and historical events. On a personal level, it has become my creative vehicle for exploring the emotional roller coaster of life. My inspiration arose from contemplating the dichotomy between the perception of women as fragile, delicate creatures, and the reality that most women are defined by resiliency and steely resolve. I like the duplicitous nature of steel which can be manipulated to appear feminine and soft while actually maintaining its strength and rigidity—an expression in contrasts and complements.” -Donna McCullough
About Donna McCullough
American, based in Washington, DC, United States