About women who their wilfulnes upsets others and ruins petites at dinner tables and family gatherings.
Growing up in South Africa and being raised by mostly women. I have seen the doilies many times being used as ornamental centre pieces.
“You know that tingly sensation that you get when you eat your momma’s food? It’s patriarchy entering your body!”
These objects represent, order, cleanliness, perfection and beauty. Doilies are cultural objects and signifiers of style.
So for me they are not just that, they are not just ornaments. They are unique objects that reflect women’s unique femininity, creativity, achievements, milestones and gendered experiences.
Doilies in South Africa are knitted by mothers, grandmothers, women, girls… The shapes, colours and patterns are considered carefully during this making of knowledge and meaning. Each woman has their unique story to tell about a doily according to stories I have heard and texts that I have read. At the end all doilies embody a story and an experience, collectively shared and unshared.
This series of monotypes Killjoy Feminist Doilies, are an expression of my own doilies that represent me, my opinions and my black womanhood/girl but also the female physical body and it’s disappointments. The title of this series is inspired by a Sara Ahmed manifesto Killing Joy. About women who their wilfulnes upsets others and ruins petites at dinner tables and family gatherings. I identify with these women.