Radical decadence : excess in contemporary feminist textiles and craft / Julia Skelly.

by Skelly, Julia [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.Description: xi, 125 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781472569400.Subject(s): Art and craft debateLooking glass | Decadence in artLooking glass | Consumption (Economics) in artLooking glass | Textile craftsLooking glass | Feminism and artLooking glass | Women artistsLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This pioneering book explores the notion of 'radical decadence' as concept, aesthetic and lived experience, and as an analytical framework for the study of contemporary feminist textile art. Gendered discourses of decadence that perpetuate anxieties about women's power, consumption and pleasure are deconstructed through images of drug use, female sexuality and 'excessive' living, in artworks by several contemporary textile artists including Orly Cogan, Tracey Emin, Allyson Mitchell, and Rozanne Hawksley.

Perceptions of decadence are invariably bound to the negative connotations of decay and degradation, particularly with regard to the transgression of social norms related to femininity and the female body. Excessive consumption by women has historically been represented as grotesque, and until now, women's pleasure in relation to drug and alcohol use has largely gone unexamined in feminist art history and craft studies. Here, representations of female consumption, from cupcakes to alcohol and cocaine, are opened up for critical discussion.

Drawing on feminist and queer theories, Julia Skelly considers portrayals of 'bad girls' in artworks that explore female sexuality - performative pieces designed to subvert and exceed feminine roles. In this provocative book, decadence is understood not as a destructive force but as a liberating aesthetic.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of illustrations (p. viii)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xii)
  • Introduction: Decadence, feminism, and "excess" (p. 1)
  • 1 Consuming craft, cupcakes, and cocaine (p. 25)
  • 2 Pleasure craft (p. 49)
  • 3 Bad women? (p. 73)
  • 4 "The decaying fabrics of life and death": Rozanne Hawksley's Textile Art (p. 101)
  • Bibliography (p. 113)
  • Index (p. 123)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Juli A Skelly teaches in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.