THE LAUNDRY ROOM
SEPT 15 – NOV 30, 2023
This exhibit shows contemporary art and historical objects relating to laundry and is a collaboration with four local artists, Elizabeth Carefoot, Laura Feeleus, Sharon Stoneman, and Lesley Turner.
A combination of artwork and historical artifacts, this exhibit showcases different features of what has been historically viewed as women’s work.This exhibit will be on show at the Museum from September 15-November 30, 2023.
The artwork on display was done by four local fibre artists, Elizabeth Carefoot, Laura Feeleus, Sharon Stoneman, and Lesley Turner. Sixty pieces of their unique laundry-related art are now on display in the Garnham Gallery. To create the pieces the artists reflected on their experiences with laundry, focusing on the social, personal, and political perspectives of this activity.
Complementing the artwork is real historical laundry objects ranging from many different types of irons, to wash tubs and washboards. The exhibit aims to highlight the effort and skills required of women to perform this endless and frequently unrecognized chore, solidified as their domestic duty. In doing so, the Museum hopes to elevate this underrepresented aspect of social history.