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A lot of my work investigates the cross-over between domestic and ecclesiastic ritual, more often than not extremely obsessive, often to the point of ridiculousness and meaninglessness.

The coat hanger installations represent these ideas. Women spent money, love, care and time creating beautiful, intricate covers for coat hangers. Some are knitted, some crocheted, macramed, sewn, embroidered, laced, beaded, padded, scented and ribboned. Some have been made with the material used to make wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses, which these items are then hung upon. All these coat hangers then have something hung upon them and they are put in a dark wardrobe where they cannot be seen, where no one ever sees them.

Included in my collection are dirtied, faded, rotting, ripped and price tagged hangers. I find it astonishing that the monetary value attributed to these objects is minimal, when someone made it with so much love and care. To me, they are priceless. When I hang all these coat-hangers together, they take on a skeletal quality. They remind me of a whole heap of old bones that someone has forgotten. They were kept in someones wardrobe, hidden away in the dark. So they also have a secretive quality, like the old saying, "skeletons in the closet".

Hanger
Window Installation
Mary Newton Gallery, 150 Vivian Street, Wellington
29 December 2005 - 30 January 2006
Link to Exhibition Page @ Mary Newton Gallery Website


Hanger
Window Installation
Mary Newton Gallery, 150 Vivian Street, Wellington
29 December 2005 - 30 January 2006
Link to Exhibition Page @ Mary Newton Gallery Website


Hanger
Window Installation
Mary Newton Gallery, 150 Vivian Street, Wellington
29 December 2005 - 30 January 2006
Link to Exhibition Page @ Mary Newton Gallery Website


Hanger
Window Installation
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@ Miss Crabb, 41 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
June 2005
Photograph: Stuart Page


Hanger
Window Installation (detail)
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@ Miss Crabb, 41 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
June 2005
Photograph: Stuart Page


Hanger
Megan in her Studio with Installation
Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland
October 2005
Photograph: Stuart Page


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