Anne Wilson: a hand well trained

Textile: Cloth and Culture January 2018

In a hand well trained, Anne Wilson’s poetic and provocative exhibition recently on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, the artist returns to the more private, domestic world of her earlier works, while continuing her investigations of the social conditions of labor that have defined handwork and sexual difference. Revealed throughout is the subversive potential of material practices in light of cultural histories that have devalued textiles and women’s work, and against the renewed challenges to women that plague our current political epoch. The 16 fabric works and installation that comprised a hand well trained (all 2017) offered intimate engagement with a material world where meaning is derived through precise transformations of cloth, hair, and thread, and the feminine becomes a site of resistance and self-agency.

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