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Ellen Lesperance, Frieze

Jennifer Kabat, “Pattern Recognition: How Ellen Lesperance transmits messages about history, feminism and labour through the art of knitting,” Frieze, August 14, 2017.

Ellen Lesperance, Wounded Amazon (for Sandra Bland), 2017, gouache and graphite on toned cyanotype, 104 × 75 cm

“When Lesperance was young, her grandmother taught her to knit and, in her early 20s, she returned to it. She was living in Seattle and driving a bus. It was a good union job, she explains, but she had no seniority, meaning she had the worst routes and was often harassed. She found herself knitting clothes to wear beneath her uniform as symbolic protection…..”

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