Cotton waisted

Artist: Helen McLennan

There are three ‘mannequin’ style sculptures with cotton plants
for heads, as well as one sculpture of a tap pouring out cascades of clothing and pooling into puddles of colour. They have been made from cheap recycled clothing, mostly cotton, chicken wire, wire, plastic bottles and PVA glue. This work was inspired by the vast amounts of water used in the Australian cotton industry to produce cheap, fast clothing, which is mostly manufactured in Asian countries and then sold back to Australia for a very cheap price, often worn only a few times, then sent to landfill. The use of plastic containers form the
bodies of the ‘mannequins’ and suggest the female form, whilst the clothing loosely references various fashion styles from different eras.
My love of clothing and drapery has also been an influence.

Region: Mid-Western