Colonial Dress

2008

Colonial Dress is crafted from paper world maps that show the British Empire in pink, with continents and countries claiming the space and shapes of body organs.

In the 1920’s one-quarter of the globe was pink, which struck me as obscene. I used the maps to make an extended world on the skirt, a sort of world map in itself. At this time, I was drawing comparisons between maps, country and continent shapes and human anatomy. I had a scan of my liver and was struck by its resemblance in shape to Brazil, hence Brazil is placed where the liver is, Africa in place of the stomach and Manchester (my hometown) is placed where the heart is.’ Susan Stockwell.


Colonial Dress is in the collection of The House of European History in Brussels.

Before it was acqusitioned into this collection it was shown in exhibitions at York Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, The Florence Nightingale Museum London, Maastricht Art Fair (Patrick Heide Art) and 

Colonial Dress
Colonial Dress
Colonial Dress
Colonial Dress
Colonial Dress iat York Art Gallery in the exhibition, Contemporary Interventions 2014
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Susan Stockwell