ELAINE DUIGENAN

NYLON

2005

Although usually viewed as something ordinary, functional and familiar, these modern-day digital photograms reveal stockings 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.

In her artist’s statement, Duigenan states that the images “have a multitude of referents and manage to hover between ‘intimations of elegance’ and downright quirkiness”. In their abstractness, the images transcend the objects themselves—the stockings sometimes appear as sculptural landscapes glowing in inky black space. The subtle qualities of tonal range, crisp detail and texture make these images rich and generous in all that they have to offer.

 

Image sizes vary | 16.5" x 11.75" sheet

EDITION: 20+2AP

Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Rag Paper