Monday, September 24, 2012

Hot Mamma Ties Oversized Apron Knot

Hot Mamma Apron, 2012, 64" x 62" x 3",  Crocheted Plastic 
Hot Mamma Mitt, 2012, 15" x 16" x 3", Crocheted Plastic  
 
Consider a moment cooking in the kitchen when your apron begins to grow beyond your body and starts to consume you, the cook.  Artist Darlyn Susan Yee suggests such a moment in her new works “Hot Mamma Apron” and “Big Daddy Apron.”  Each work is crocheted from flagging or surveyor’s tape found at a local independent hardware store.  The act of crocheting, the choice of materials and the selection of a garish color palate all point one’s attention to common gender assumptions.  Yee states, “I selected the color combinations to further exaggerate size and to explore gender issues.  Girls play with fashion dolls that often have lots of bright pinks in their wardrobes.  In reality, pink is a difficult color for a woman to wear and be taken seriously.  With “Hot Mamma Apron” and “Hot Mamma Mitt”, I juxtapose the frivolous feminine pink with the impact of plastic fluorescent flagging tape most often used in the male-dominated field of construction.  “Big Daddy Mitt” and “Big Daddy Apron” are a whimsical take on blue is for boys. Men tend to select very functional aprons, and they are usually for the ritual of the backyard barbecue.  The bold contrast of yellow pocket and trim emphasizes the no-frills functionality.  That is, if the apron and mitt were human-sized... and wouldn’t melt during use while cooking.”

In considering both the apron and mitt as essential tools within the kitchen, one wonders about Yee’s selection of tools used in cooking up her works.   Yee explains, “Working with plastics can be challenging. Some of my crochet hooks are straight from the yarn stores. However, I especially like the custom hand-carved wooden hooks that I have made and acquired over the years. Plastic glides much better on the wood, particularly during the warmer weather we’ve had lately. Gloves during muggy weather can keep the plastic from sticking to the fingers. The static cling in very dry weather makes the plastic want to stick to itself like food wrap!”

Darlyn Susan Yee’s current exhibition “Re: Fashion” is currently on view at TAG Gallery through September 29, 2012.
Big Daddy Apron, 2012, 59" x 60" x 3", Crocheted Plastic 
Big Daddy Mitt, 2012, 17" x 16" x 3", Crocheted Plastic

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