13th Nov - 25th Jan 2015

Marking Gauge - Found objects, silver and white opals
Marking Gauge - Found objects, silver and white opals
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Intrigued by gender-related stereotypes, Rosie Deegan juxtaposes familiar objects with materials which challenge their functionality. Her work poses contradiction and evokes thought about the relationship between purpose and function.

Items from Rosie’s ‘Impotent Tools’ shown here have been inspired by original tools and their associations with ‘function’, in particular within ‘The Cabinet Maker’s Toolbox’ by English Furniture Company, Benchmark. Within the Toolbox, there is a strong correlation between the functionality of the tools and the toolbox’s ability to induce masculinity.  Ironically, the decorative qualities of the toolbox mean that many would choose not to use the toolbox in a practical sense. However, the toolbox’s beauty is legitimised for men through its stereotypical masculine associations.

In contrast, many functional items have been decorated in order to comply with our culture’s attitude towards women and practicality. This is because beauty is heavily associated with femininity. Just as there is an expectation on men to be practical to demonstrate their masculinity, there is also an expectation on women to be decorative in order to demonstrate their femininity.

‘Impotent Tools’ consists of a range of non-functional tools, with the intention of subverting function and gender. Made from various materials associated with femininity, fragility and luxury, the collection brings together the unashamed decorativeness that women can openly enjoy but men cannot. Often men may use functionality as an excuse for their appreciation of beautiful objects, whilst women are stereotyped as being masculine for enjoying practical activities. This piece brings together practicality through the use of once functional found objects, and decorativeness in an open, frank and ironic way.

Biographical Details

Move Over! Make Way! Meet the Contemporary Jewellery World’s Next Generation:
Beth Spowart, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee; Jaki Coffey, National College of Art and Design, Dublin; Karen Elizabeth Donovan, Edinburgh College of Art; Rebecca E Smith, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee; Natalie Lee, Birmingham School of Jewellery; Prudence Horrocks, Edinburgh College of Art;
Lindsay Hill, Glasgow School of Art; Georgia Rose West, Colchester School of Art and Design, University of Essex;
Rosie Deegan
, Nottingham Trent University.

features: Mia Chicco; Susanna Hanl; Charlotte Valkeniers; Lisa Hamilton.