LES FLÂNEUSES, 2008
Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas
66 x 69 inches
Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York
Ghada Amer uses embroidery—a medium typically associated with women's domestic life—to create images that frankly explore aspects of female sexuality. She "draws" with thread, creating complex networks of lines, in which erotic images are partially concealed. In this work, Amer juxtaposes pornographic-magazine photographs of sexualized women against images of Disney's Snow White. By bringing together two female stereotypes, Amer illustrates how women have been marginalized.