Dress to Go Out/Undressing to Go In by Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Dress to Go Out/Undressing to Go In by Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Dress to Go Out/Undressing to Go In
1973
Modern Photography
95 gelatin silver prints mounted on foam core with chain and dust rag

“Dress to Go Out/Undressing to Go In” expands on Ukeles Maintenance Art manifesto. By elevating the everyday domesticity of life to art she garnered attention to the importance and to the complexities of domestic labour, especially that of motherhood. In a series of photographs, Ukeles provides a moment-by-moment documentary of the repetitive task of dressing and undressing her own children in shoes, jackets, and scarves. Her use of black and white, artistic photography enhances the everyday life of a mother. With carefully created images the repetitive and exhausting work of her role as a mother is made similar to the kinds of work artists do.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Feminist Art, Performance Art, Conceptual Art, Earth Art
Born: 1939, Colorado, USA
Nationality: American

Ukeles is an artist based in New York City. She is best known for her feminist and service-orientated artwork which relates to the idea of process in conceptual art to domestic and civic maintenance. The Artist-in-Residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation she creates art that gives life to the essence of any urban centre with depictions of waste flows, sustainability, recycling, people, ecology, and the environment

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