Threads Through Time-Holly Laws

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Cage Crinoline, 1865, 2015
From Disunion (1865-2015)
Spring steel, thread, cotton tape, brass, ebonized oak base, glass dome
On loan from the artist

 

Full Mourning Dress, 1863, 2015
From Disunion (1865-2015)
Cotton, silk, vintage lace, steel, brass, ebonized oak base, glass dome
On loan from the artist

 

Cage Crinoline, 1864, 2015
From Disunion (1865-2015)
Spring steel, thread, cotton tape, brass, ebonized oak base, glass dome
On loan from the artist

 

Artist Statement

Disunion (1865- 2015)

Miniature crinolines, pale and skeletal, levitate in glass domes, in stark contrast with the heaviness of tiny mourning dresses, whose jet-black opacity under glass throws back the viewers’ reflection. These bodiless objects not only allude to the intensely personal, but also speak to our collective past, when an enormously bloody war altered the social fabric of a nation. As the past bleeds into the present, how do we deal with loss? What are our rituals of mourning and healing? How do we move on? 150 years later, we must still ask ourselves how we move on, as individuals, Americans, and citizens of the world. With the seemingly never-ending cycle of backlash — one against the other — how do we heal and live in peace? –Holly Laws

Holly Laws is an Associate Professor of Art at UCA. She received a BFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1985, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a MFA degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1987.  She was the only Arkansas artist selected for the Heavy Metal: Women to Watch in 2018 exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.