This work was created for Wavelengths, a group show responding to Virginia Woolf’s novel and comprising nine contemporary female artists. The show is currently touring – See updates on News.
In her novels, Woolf explores identity in relation to gender and reflects on how time and memory shape one’s character. She also weaves in the power of collective thinking, which promotes conformism and prejudice and notably exposes the expectations on women to perform gendered roles for men’s privilege. In Orlando, Woolf uses clothing to convey her views on gender fluidity, identity and patriarchal traditions over 4 centuries.
With (s)HE, I imagined Orlando having travelled a further century into the present and translated Woolf’s multiple symbolic associations about collective prejudices to parallels in contemporary society.