Embroidery on Tulle 2021 Dimensions (cm): 98 x 64 x 5
Siobahn Doughty explores concepts of femininity in relation to shame, violence, gender stereotypes and feminine solidarity. A graduate of the Durban University of Technology, she employs a range of traditional and non-traditional media to communicate these investigations including bougainvillea flowers, paint, ink and marker, oil pastel and embroidery. Doughty’s practice explores feminine solidarity both as a result and course of action, stemming from a need to re-evaluate notions of femininity that were impressed upon her as a young girl. The necessity to unlearn and break down patriarchal ideals surrounding femininity play a significant role in her making. Similarly, Doughty addresses injustices posed against feminine identifying individuals, resulting in a body of work that is unflinching in its boldness while maintaining delicately nuanced sensitivity and intent.