"Blanket Statement I"
Dimensions: 36" X 36"
This is the first of 3 "blanket statements" I'm creating, on the subject of gender. I've just completed my second one, which will be posted this coming week. These are knitted pieces, around 36" X 37," matted and framed.
Gender has its own language, often expressed through color. I was thinking about how we use color to label our babies (their clothing, the walls of their bedrooms) so that people won't think they're the "wrong" gender. This first of three "blanket statements" turns those labels inside out, opening the space up for question marks. It plays with the idea that gender can't be fit neatly into a square; it can't or shouldn't be checked off in a box as on so many of the forms we are presented with as adults. I've chosen a soft medium to talk about a hard subject, an innocent canvas on which to project assumptions that so many of us are guilty of making. I want to spread out lots of blankets and have lots of conversations on them.