Awkward Position is a solo exhibition by Laura Angell. The Awkward Position installation/protest is a serious and irreverent commentary using embroidery, domestic textile and slang to emphasise the traditional feminine garb against the harsh language and images of pornography.
Laura Angell is a Galway-based artist. Her work is manifested via multidisciplinary installations using images and handmade objects (largely textile) to tell an intended narrative. The work focuses on failure, status, success and anxiety; exploring society’s psychological concerns and examining subject matter we may not want to talk about- secrets, lies, shame and fear. Describing herself as an emotional flasher, the essence of Laura's work is the juxtaposition of darkness and humour she employs to navigate and dissect these emotive themes.
In order to represent these conditions Laura doctors, interferes and interrupts; bringing the carefully selected images to a visual and tactile conclusion. Her working methods are labour intensive, compulsive, repetitive and obsessive. These methods can be likened to a coping mechanism. The process of making becomes as important as the work itself; laced with repetition and recurrent symbols taking on myriad interpretations. Stitches are straight and controlled reflecting the compulsive nature of the artist and her practice. The produce is both the cause and the fruit of her compulsion.
‘Pornification; the increasing occurrence and acceptance of sexual themes and explicit imagery in popular or mainstream culture’; A relentless propaganda, that seeps into every vein of our culture. For the artist this is the current state and is becoming ever more pervasive. Angell wants women to able to do look and behave as they wish - as is the feminist raison d'etre- but finds what she sees uncomfortableand not liberating. In this work, Angell respomds to this instinct by covering, re-dressing, and thus empoweingr the women in her images; mocking the pornographic system and its tropes thereby playing with these established clichés of female sexuality. The pornographic models become superheroes, rock stars and goddesses. In some instances, she dresses the porn model as haute couture model to explore cliches of female success.