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Touch Me If You Dare

© the artist. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

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The artist has written of this work: 'A seamstress’ nightmare where her workplace has become a semi real dungeon – tables too small, needles too large, a place she does not recognise. Her tools have become her nightmare. Before, she had associated them with drudgery, toil and the routine of hard work. They were a nuisance, but nothing more. Now, her tools have become vicious and her nightmare real. A heart shaped pincushion stabbed mercilessly thousands of times by small, spiteful pins; velvet reams of blood gushing from the cushion in uniformed synchronicity. Her torments have become almost physical. Her nightmare is real.' This work was included in the exhibition 'Schmatte Couture' curated for Ben Uri by artist Sarah Lightman at the Rivington Gallery in London's East End in 2008.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum





metal & textile


H 13 x W 32 x D 12 cm

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Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

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