Peggy Noland: Artist or Overzealous Seamstress?
I am an artist. I live, breathe, and exude creativity in practically everything I do. And never once would I consider masquerading exploitation as a form of creativity–not that I think Peggy Noland is conscious or clever enough to pull that off…ijs. I think what we’re seeing here is the result of an artist in the midst of a struggle to remain relevant. I literally think she rolled over one morning and said “OMG, I have the coolest idea for a dress!” and that was basically the way it went. In other words, there was no ‘deep’ thinking required to develop this concept.
Peggy Noland is clearly insensitive to the plight of the black woman. A Naked Oprah Dress? I mean really. She couldn’t come up with a more creative way to point out objectification? What did she intend to gain from this? A few thousand Twitter or Facebook followers? A smidgen of Oprah Winfrey’s fan base and popularity? SMH.
Artist to artist, I am really trying to understand this project; but this does not feel like art to me. This is some Bullsh!t. Art makes a profound statement. This piece just states that anybody with resources can do whatever the hell they want. Where is that ‘teachable moment’ or ‘moment of enlightenment’ that accompanies true artwork? This ‘project’ would have been much more effective had it simply been placed on DISPLAY, and not sold in mass. Think about it. If this dress were showcased in a gallery or exhibit amongst thought-provoking pieces, the response would’ve been totally different. This creation is bordering on thoughtless; and so the hype surrounding it is understandable and expected.
And to be clear, nudity is not the problem with this piece. Nudity and art go hand in hand. Look at all this tasteful nakedness right here!