Gbewonyo’s current body of work, ‘Nude Me/ Under the Skin’, is an investigation into hosiery. Particularly how this seemingly simple garment, a staple of western women’s wardrobe has for the black woman been another mode of marginalisation, ostracisation and castration. Further by delving beneath the skin, makes the statement we are all the same. The explored themes are expanded to include sustainability, dance and performance as well as delving into the history of slavery and its hidden role in the story.
The investigation manifests with the repurposing and experimentation of tights as main material alongside a series of etched prints and will culminate with the marrying of textile works with performance.