Stretch velvet, poly stuffing, hemp cotton, linen
Respect Me, 2018
Cloth on lancet pole
Not for Sale
This installation came from being given a marriage propaganda pamphlet by a Hasidic man in Brooklyn years ago. The one line, ‘Yet the hoardes of singles will continue to ride the dating merry-go-round endlessly,’ sounded quite funny at the time...however it started to feel like a prophecy for things to come with the proliferation of online dating. The kitchen gloves, crown and heart refer back to the old Irish tradition of wearing a ring of this type called a cladagh in which the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. The hanging heart represents the glorification of romantic love, and the wanting to possess it. The hair on the floor alludes to the custom of shaving heads by Hasidic wives, but on another level, the layers that are shed when we enter into a partnership with someone.
Alice Schavoir lives with her children in Kingston, NY. She has sewn since middle school and has been able to merge her craftsmanship and artistic vision into pieces that are sometimes functional, humorous and comforting. She currently attends Bard towards a major in arts, gender studies and written arts.