Ready to Tear

1998

Perforated down the centre the dress is positioned in a corner so the shadow is split onto the two planes of walls. Different patterns are drawn into the shadows on each wall, one sleeve had lace and the other leopard skin – generic patterns associated with aspects of feminine identity. Both patterns could be seen as either luxurious or tawdry, depending on the perceptions of changing fashions. The holes in the dress, the neck hole, the ends of the sleeves and the hem created lighter shadows on the wall were painted a delicate pink. The shadow became a bit more three dimensional and more engaging than the dress, exchanging their roles and characteristics.

Photography: Gary Kirkham