Playing Paper Dolls

Suzani cloth

Digital images on cloth from 1959 Sears catalogue


225 x134


During her childhood Atakan cut out figures from the Sears catalogue to make imaginary worlds.  In this artwork, she adds cloth digital prints of figures from a the 1959 Sears catalogue to a suzani textile that she bought in the 1980s from the Istanbul covered bazaar.  Delicate handmade designs combine with images of factory-made clothes.  Eastern and western, handmade and machine made collide.  A memory of a childhood game enables the past to enter her contemporary artistic practice. 

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