Constructions of Femininity
By Ingrid Mida
Loop Gallery May 26 – June 17, 2012
This installation juxtaposes the extreme silhouettes of 18th century dress with the armour of the modern day hockey warrior and was inspired by young women hockey players who have redefined femininity to include feats of courage, strength, and power. Hockey equipment has been transformed with feminine signifiers of ribbon, sequins and beading paired with silhouettes such as a romantic tutu or panier made out of armour-like mesh.
The choice of materials is designed to invoke a Canadian identity: mosquito mesh for a tongue and cheek reference to our mosquito infested north, aboriginal beading techniques referencing the trading practices which founded our country, and hockey equipment as a reference to our national sport. This work is intended to be a whimsical celebration of the power of sport to redefine femininity.
On display is a hockey team, including an alternate goalie. Each player has been given the name of one of the early women players of the sport, who used their long skirts as a defensive tactic.
|Installation Shot by Patricia Nojvu, 2012|
|Maria, Santos Cage Doll with Mesh Tutu|
Photo by Ingrid Mida, 2012
Toronto Life Review: http://www.torontolife.com/guide/arts-and-entertainment/art/ingrid-mida/