Zoë Buckman presents an entirely new installation entitled Heavy Rag that addresses motherhood and the domestic sphere as sources of both oppression and empowerment.
In Heavy Rag, Buckman has quilted vintage French tea towels into complex and striking patterns that deviate from the familiar red-and-white checkered linen. Quilted panels completely envelope a boxing punching bag – a recurring element in Buckman’s work – which hangs in the center of the room as a commanding presence.
Two audio recordings – of Buckman’s training sessions at an underground boxing gym and the artist giving birth – play on a loop. The audio clips are different lengths, at times syncing, mingling, and drowning each other out. It is not clear whether the voices in the recordings are in pain or ecstasy, yet the combined effects of the sounds elicit a sense of endurance, physical strain, and release.