Muzzle (Scold’s Bridle)

The lace Muzzle is part of Decorous Violence, my ongoing series about subjugation through etiquette. I am a self-taught bobbin lacemaker, exploring the lost art through ideas of socialization and hierarchy. Lacemaking is a painstaking process. A mistake cannot often be undone, and it is often related to the slow and precise activity of computer programming. The scale of the miniature weavings can belie their complexity and the magnitude of the undertaking. Lace carries with it the promise of restraint and refinement, further promoting the muzzle/blinder as that of a gentle and righteous position. The muzzle reminds its wearer to keep her mouth shut, but does not enforce silence. The pieces from this series are expressions of the intimate cruelty and the tender brutality of society’s sanctioned viciousness.

  • Asha Ganpat
  • 2018
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  • Sculpture
  • Cotton bobbin lace
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