ELAINE DUIGENAN

NET

2008

Although usually viewed as something ordinary, functional and familiar, these modern-day digital photograms reveal hairnets as objects of beauty and intrigue. Duigenan fetishizes intimate female apparel in a manner which is not only scientific in its archaeological approach, but also displays a delicate, flirty sensuality.

These often-hand-woven hairnets, date from the 1920’s to 1950’s. The fact that many of these hairnets were made from real human hair, sets up all kinds of musings. Whose hair? Who knotted and wore the net? Because it never dies, hair is a curiously emotive thing — the Victorians commonly collected it as memento mori.

In their abstractness, the images transcend the objects themselves—with the hairnets transforming into renderings of architectural form.

 

Image sizes vary | 16.5" x 11.75" sheet

EDITION: 10+2AP

Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Rag Paper