Sarah Holden


“Areola O Plenty”; Designed wearable; 7 x 3 x 4 inches

My work investigates how female identity, beauty and power are constructed and performed through the body. I challenge common images of beauty and power through material by constructing bulbous forms of delicate and curvy lines of industrial steel wire. Strong muscle-like veins of knotted stockings reach to hold the delicate forms together. Rows of knotted stockings gather and overflow from the steel forms, creating rotund connections that poke and swell, enticing engagement. “Areola O Plenty” explores the hormonally expanded, swollen and discolored appendages that transform on the female body during motherhood. The immediacy of presenting work on the body allows me to provide a direct connection to the imperfect and politicized body the work explores.