Dagmara Rudkin

Paintings | 3D Installations | Illustrations

Month: October 2019

Lampshades Sculptures

This series started with Gerda Chandelier made for the Snow Q Project last year. This time , the upcycled lampshade was turned into a free-standing rather than suspended installation. It makes me think of reclining Mayan sculptures or work by Henry Moore. Or a decorative piece of furniture. Some parts are like a spine and veins, some like tattooed skin. Or a decorative upholstery. The bulging curvy form that looks like breast and pregnant belly bump and vulva, is made out of a bra and has strong visual links to fertility sculptures. The bottom part of the lampshade is cut into and tassels unfurl to look like ovaries. I wonder whether this particular piece was subconsciously produced as a result of risk reducing surgeries I had as a BRCA carrier.

Textile sculpture made out of a recycled lampshade, tights, tassels and found objects. It is reminiscent of ancient Maya sculptures, fertility sculptures but also an organic flower-like form or even a piece of decorative furniture.
Top left: Ancient Maya sculpture and work by Henry Moore

Bottom: my work in progress, shots taken in my studio at the Phoenix, Brighton

Coat-hanger birds

I have been working with them for a while. Their flimsy little bodies and their ubiquity make them pathetic and vulnerable but also slightly predatorial. Some make me think of winter crows. Some of dead seagulls found on a beach. Some of plucked chickens ready for the Sunday Roast. Made with laddered tights and found, rejected materials: packaging, bags, bits found on a beach.

sculptures made out of wire coat hangers and recycled materials such as tights and plastic bags

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