In England during the industrial revolution, men would go to work and lay railroad tracks, power lines, and work in factories while the women would stay at home and tend to household chores and take care of the children. Etiquette was an extremely important pillar of tradition which women of upper class were forced to uphold. The tea doily, a customary component of mealtime etiquette used to separate the teacup from the tea dish is a prime example of this kind of tradition.
The goal of this piece was to play with the roles and expectations of women in this time, as well as the roles and expectations of men. Through using a circular saw, a tool commonly associated with blue collar work, or "masculinity" and pair it with an object of high class, and "femininity" is a social commentary that questions the roles and expectations of class and gender within English culture.
Aden Solway , 17 yrs
Etobicoke School of the Arts