They say a “woman’s work is never done,” but too often that work goes unrecognized, and underrepresented as the hard labor it can be. It’s through an exhibit by the same name that artist Eliza Bennett is trying to show the world the wear-and-tear inflicted by these low paying jobs.
‘Women’s Work’ typically refers to acts of cleaning, cooking and caring for the young. Representing the physical taxation that these jobs take on the body, Bennett actually stitched through the top layer of her own skin, forming a powerful art performance. Her stitching shows the calluses and scaring of this work and makes a point to remind us that men perform this type of labor as well. Bennett explains, “Some viewers consider the piece to be a feminist protest, for me it’s about human value. After all, there are many men employed in caring, catering, cleaning etc…” It’s safe to say I now have a whole new meaning for ‘hand stitching.’