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Lotem Artzi (Fine Arts > Graduate > 2016)
BLANKET TOOLS
This project presents work tools that are made of blankets. Each blanket 'forces' to sleep in a certain form (e.g. the shape of an open wire cutter will force one to sleep while spreading its limbs). The transformation of work tools to blankets is both material and functional. The tools change from their original hard and stiff form, which allows them to be used sometimes even as weapons, into soft objects, connecting with feelings of warmth, familiarity and lack the ability to hurt. In this sense- There is an unsolved tension between the original purpose of the tool and its final form. Tools are considered inferior and boring- still life objects, and therefore almost absent from the fine-art discourse. In contrast, this project attempts to raise the status of those everyday use tools. The history of crafting skills reminds us of the gendered nature of the tools: On the one hand, these tools, made for domestic practices and traditionally associated with manhood, and on the other hand they are stitched, a craft that traditionally considered as feminine. Therefore, those tools made of blankets challenge the dichotomy between masculinity and femininity- rough and gentle, warmth and the threatening- and the arts and crafts.
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