This work was inspired by Tudor fashion combined with my aesthetic preference for the strong, frontal presentation and material emphasis of tribal art.

After binge-watching all 38 episodes of "The Tudors", I was driven to simulate some of the ornamental motifs and functional designs of clothing worn during the reign of Henry VIII of England as interpreted by Joan Bergin, costume designer for the television series.

Thinking about the conflicting function and purpose of clothing, especially for women, brought me to some feminist observations about fashion and the frequent pain it causes. The body is concealed, protected, decorated and even abused to conform and confine it to ideals of beauty, societal rank and cultural dictates.



Tudor Meets Tribal
 Tudor Meets Tribal Encaustic, jute, tacks, repurposed leather from handbag  Tudor Meets Tribal Encaustic, rubber, jute, tacks, repurposed leather from handbags  Tudor Meets Tribal Encaustic, rubber, cardboard, jute, tacks, repurposed leather from handbags  Tudor Meets Tribal Encaustic, tacks, jute, repurposed leather from handbags
 Tudor Meets Tribal Repurposed leather, linings, and hardware from discarded handbags, tarpaper, tacks, encaustic on panel  Tudor Meets Tribal Matboard, ink, encaustic, treated aluminum, repurposed leather from handbags, tacks, on panel  Tudor Meets Tribal Cardboard, matboard, found lace, rubber, carpet, encaustic with tacks and encaustic on panel  Tudor Meets Tribal Tarpaper, rubber, cardboard, carpet with tacks and encaustic on panel
 Tudor Meets Tribal Cardboard, carpet, rubber, found lace with tacks and encaustic on panel  Tudor Meets Tribal Cardboard, rubber, found lace with tacks and encaustic on panel  Tudor Meets Tribal Tarpaper, repurposed rubber, treated metal, found lace, tacks and encaustic on panel  Tudor Meets Tribal Book parts, repurposed rubber, treated metal, found lace, encaustic and tacks on panel
 Tudor Meets Tribal Tarpaper, repurposed rubber, treated metal, found lace, tacks and encaustic on panel
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