Inspired by her earlier artwork, Diagrams of Love: Marriage of Eyes, the new ballet “melds artwork and movement to explore depictions of the feminine” in visual culture, drawing attention to institutionalised misogyny. It features a gun-tufted wool rug backed with gold lamé, which was created in collaboration with Dovecot Tapestry Studio.
The rug is cut in spiral form and incorporated into the movement of the dancers, while referencing Surrealist artist Ithell Colquhoun’s notion of “automatism, or the ‘mantic stain’, meditative labyrinths and Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures”.
Sterling is an artist and musician famous for her role in the punk and post-punk arts and music scene in Manchester in the mid-1970s.
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Linder Sterling, ‘Self montage with cling-film’ (1981). Photograph. Courtesy the artist.