WOMENS WORK

“…consummates a centuries-old sense of loss manifested in a highly visual aesthetics of saturation, artifice and melancholia…” — Celeste Olalquiaga, The Arti- ficial Kingdom

Harkening back to her connection to and love of the craft of tapestry, this work uses objects from the past to evoke a sense of nostalgia. Representing Waldman’s longing for a time of purity and authenticity, either recovered or melancholically longed for, the creation of the work also evokes in the artist a sense of great sense of loss and longing.

Titles such as “Idyll” serve as “a yearning, a reminiscence that is nostalgic and never really leaves the past, while that of remembrance must be anchored in the present to experience the loss for which it is melancholically languishes.” (as described in Olalquiaga)

The amount of extremely time-consuming labour required to create the artworks represents slow time as one delves into the past, while at the same time serves to enhance the moment. It’s all at once a desire, a longing for the past, as well as an allusion to marking time towards the inevitability of death, invok- ing the inherent and complex contradictions of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

“A mind not to be changed by place or time.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n.” —John Milton, Paradise Lost

As in much of her earlier work, Waldman hunted in junk shops to collect vintage and often kitsch items to deconstruct. The artist aims to elevate and cele- brate the relic which took ages to be created, has been devalued further and further, and is perhaps no longer part of the world anymore.

This body of work focuses on the value placed on women’s work— it is often an unseen. In the traditional art canon, paintings created by masculine “mas- ters” were esteemed and valuable while tapestries and embroideries, made by women, are often unsigned, decorative and perceived as domestic items which hold little value.

For Waldman, the creation of this work is often a hard and uneasy process, physically taxing and yet enjoyable. Waldman’s satisfaction comes from con- structing the artwork in a way that exposes the exertion behind the work.

As in her earlier tapestry work, Waldman reveals all the seams upfront, the other side, so to speak. In then adding to the labour of the maker to excess, almost “overworking it”, she further exposes it. She chooses to “paint” deconstructed tapestries, cutting them up and obsessively layer them together to invert the laboured craft versus fine art binary. By adding thread upon thread to the surface of the work, it highlights the value of the time spent on the labour of these kinds of objects. And, in painting over the surface, the artist uses what may commonly bethought of as “men’s technology” blended with what’s perceived as a “women’s craft.”

 

55 Gina Waldman Idyll I 190x85cm threads, tapestry, pearl pins, wol, 2016

1. Title: Idyll I
Size: 190cm x 85cm
75” x 29”
Medium: threads, tapestry, pearl pins, wool
Date: 2016

SOLD

56 Gina Waldman Idyll II 190x85cm threads, tapestry, pearl pins, wol, 2016.

2. Title: Idyll II
Size: 190cm x 85cm
75” x 29”
Medium: threads, tapestry, pearl pins, wool
Date: 2016

SOLD

 

53 Gina Waldman Paradise Lost 46.5x58cm tapestry, pearl pins, thread, 2017

Title: Fools Paradise Size: 56cm x 60cm
22” x 24”
Medium: tapestry, pearl pins, thread, appliqué

Date: 2016

SOLD

54 Gina Waldman Lost 96x73cm tapestry, pearl pins, threads, wool 2017

Title: Lost
Size: 96cm x 73cm

38” x 29”
Medium: tapestry, pearl pins, threads, wool
Date: 2017

51 Gina Waldman, Nostalgia, 100x100cm, tapestry, thread, applique, 2017

Title: Reminiscence
Size: 100cm x 100cm

39” x 39”
Medium: tapestry, thread, appliqué

Date: 2017

52 Paradise Kingdom, 102,5x44cm, tapestry, thread, 2017

Title: Paradise Kingdom

Size: 102,5cm x 44cm

40” x17”
Medium: tapestry, thread

Date: 2017

57 Gina Waldman Nostalgia 71x56.5cm tapestry, pearl pins, thread, 2016

Title: Nostalgia
Size: 71cm x 56,5cm

28” x 22”
Medium: tapestry, pearl pins, thread
Date: 2016

58 Gina Waldman Womens Work 66x81cm, tapestry, pearl pins, thread, applique, 2017

Title: Womens’s Work

Size: 66cm x 81cm
26” x 32”
Medium: tapestry, pearl pins, thread, appliqué

Date: 2017