Diamond Chains

Isabel Stoffers

Bob Hawke College

Year 9

Lino print on fabric, with diamante accents

29.7 x 21 cm

My artwork concerns the restraints placed upon women due to millennia of mistreatment and ignorance. The jewellery represents the unjust stereotypes that bind women to their traditional roles in society, the bracelets and rings cutting into her hands while chaining her fingers together, restricting her freedom and abilities. The jewellery is deceptive at first, glittering and elegant, much like the stereotypes women have been forced to conform to: to act politely, to look beautiful, to stay ‘ladylike’, otherwise you’re not fit for society or deserving of happiness. These stereotypes seem innocent on the surface, but they are the very ideas that degrade women.

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