In their daily movements; slicing, simmering and sharing, the hands of women create an ancient magic. My final year project highlights the undervalued practice of domestic cooking and I was inspired by Faith Ringgold’s feminist appropriation of craftwork.
All my pieces are handmade, linking them to craft traditions associated with women as well as "the habit of hands”, the embodied cooking knowledge women have cultivated and passed on for generations. My project critiques the hierarchy which places traditionally masculine haute-cuisine above the “women’s work” of domestic cooking. This is achieved through three main outcomes. My ceramics, based on archaeological cookware, create a timeline depicting women as the unappreciated architects of many cuisines. My oil-pastel animations illustrate interviews with women about their intuitive cooking knowledge. The embroidered tablecloth collects dinner conversations with friends to illustrate how women bond through domestic cooking. Overall, my project illustrates the magic of work created by the repeated movements of the hands of women.
Habits of Hands