Princess

Princess

Lily Garget

This piece is an embroidery which links to the theme of ‘social order’ and ‘preservation of public image’. This piece is about the stages of girl/womanhood. Girls go from innocent to sexualised through growing older, and being sexualised leads to being motherly as being sexual can lead to being a mother, so they are inherently linked although in society’s eyes they are, more often than not, mutually exclusive. This is represented in my embroidery through a Madonna like figure emerging from a pink halo. She looks gracefully down upon her own uncovered body portrayed out with her robes.  A contrasting cherry necklace hangs around the Madonna’s neck signifying the concept of virginity. Droplets of fire and water drop down upon the naked body; it is being both damped and ignited simultaneously. The title, ‘Princess’ can be attributed to both figures in different contexts - the traditionally more worshipped and respected body is a princess in the most innocent of terms and the nude form is a princess is terms of how it’s often seen to be a thing of desire and lust. They are one and the same, but are not viewed that way by society.

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