"Protective Coverings" series 2010 (image credits-- Maribeth Nolde)
"Protective Coverings" is about the methods women use to shield themselves from harm, and to empower themselves. The seed of this series came from a time when women's rights over their own bodies in the United States was at risk (of course, when isn't it), combined with my own forays into feminist theory, and my personal associations with women and domesticity (which are positive). In an attempt to meld and comment on these disparate ideas, I made the aprons. I wanted to comment on ideas of protection, but in a way that enabled women to feel empowered. How does one function as a woman in the 21st century, when feminism has taken so many forms, and yet the patriarchal system hasn't adjusted to the reality of women's lives? One functions like one of these aprons-- by making your own version of what it means to be a woman.
© 2016 Megan L. Nolde