ANTONIA ( TUPPY ) LAWSON'S CERAMIC ART & SCULPTURE
CERAMIC SCULPTURE IMAGES OF LIFE SIZE, FIGURATIVE, ONE OF A KIND, BODY WALL SCULPTURES, BIKINI LINGERIE
Over the past seven years I have watched as increasingly provocative and boundary-breaking fashions have influenced both modern culture and my two teenage daughters. Gone are the days of butterfly dresses and frilly Hello Kitty knickers, we have moved into a new era. Scantily clad women line the pages of the magazines and gyrate to hypnotic music on the television. Outside the high schools, young girls go to school wearing little more than a handbag, shoes, and their lingerie. A girl’s underwear is suddenly another way to define herself and fashion has become its stage. Low cut shirts and jeans, ripped holes, and back-less shirts, all provide a glimpse of a young teen’s innermost secrets. With this new culture’s blooming acceptance of promiscuity, “hook-ups”, and sexuality, lingerie can now be used to define and present ourselves to the world, rather than to hide. And yet with this newfound and blazon openness comes innumerable insecurities as teenagers confront their media idols and find themselves wanting. While this avant-garde and risqué culture of lingerie provides the opportunity for women to accessorize and thus re-define themselves, it also creates unfair expectations. My lingerie bikinis represent both the freedom and the limits of lingerie’s new place in fashion. They show how an item of clothing can hint at a woman’s innermost secrets, yet they also reveal the limits of embracing accessories as the only way of defining oneself because they are made of a very unforgiving medium, clay. My lingerie bikinis should be a fun reflection of female fashion, for they embrace creativity, and remind us that lingerie should be a tool to present ourselves, not a mould to conform to. Unlike the indistinguishable supermodels pouting from the posters, each of my lingerie bikinis is unique.