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Cover Art Concept

Cover Art Concept THIRD S PACE ANNE MARIE E . B UTLER rom afar Ghada Amer’s Heather’s Dégradé (2006) appears abstract: red threads F weave in and out of the canvas and trail down its front, creating a striated pat- tern. In close detail, however, feminine figures repeat under the ribboned strokes, their contours marked by small, precise stitches. Behind the curtain of threads the figures pose like women in pornographic images. In views alternating between front and rear, the women are stamped onto the canvas in even rows. In the front view, the woman is seated with knees to chest, her hands reaching around to stimu- late and expose her vulva. In the rear view, she poses on hands and knees with her underwear around her thighs, arching her back and turning her head coyly over her left shoulder. In textiles, dégradé is a fabric treatment where colors gradually fade from richly pigmented to subtly shaded. In Heather’s Dégradé Amer plays on the term to reference both the domesticity evoked by sewing, fabric, and craft and the demeaned state of the women. However, like the wordplay in the title,which allows multiple meanings, the work itself does not present the women as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

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Copyright
Copyright © 2020 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
eISSN
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-8016561
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Abstract

THIRD S PACE ANNE MARIE E . B UTLER rom afar Ghada Amer’s Heather’s Dégradé (2006) appears abstract: red threads F weave in and out of the canvas and trail down its front, creating a striated pat- tern. In close detail, however, feminine figures repeat under the ribboned strokes, their contours marked by small, precise stitches. Behind the curtain of threads the figures pose like women in pornographic images. In views alternating between front and rear, the women are stamped onto the canvas in even rows. In the front view, the woman is seated with knees to chest, her hands reaching around to stimu- late and expose her vulva. In the rear view, she poses on hands and knees with her underwear around her thighs, arching her back and turning her head coyly over her left shoulder. In textiles, dégradé is a fabric treatment where colors gradually fade from richly pigmented to subtly shaded. In Heather’s Dégradé Amer plays on the term to reference both the domesticity evoked by sewing, fabric, and craft and the demeaned state of the women. However, like the wordplay in the title,which allows multiple meanings, the work itself does not present the women as

Journal

Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2020

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