Caroline Chlipala

Supply & Surplus - The Art of Making Things

This semester I explored the ‘Cult of Domesticity’ through the expression of a chair, beauty in relation to hair, and femininity in a 22 piece collection. Sustainability and waste prevention are at the forefront of my practice, and almost everything used was thrifted or preowned. Through these three projects, I wanted to call attention to what society demands of women, as well as question the boundaries placed around beauty and what it means to be female. I find that femininity and beauty are defined as weak and limiting. A woman’s role is to serve. Labels are strict. What is and isn’t beautiful is for a higher power to decide. I wanted to bring strength to what it means to be feminine, and question what is needed to be beautiful.