Hood (part one) 2013
Brown packaging paper, french cotton and silk, 70 x 50 cm
Hood (part one), 2013 follows on from Raffan's work exploring adornment and inanimacy. Having ritualistically searched the pages of home decorating magazines, mimicking and unpicking production line techniques with works from her Grand comforter, 2010; untitled (papoose), 2010 series; and reworking interior design spreads from IKEA catalogues, and Vogue Living by bridging silhouettes of fast food with quasi designer furniture and art from the made in Australia from local and imported ideas, 2010 series; Hood converts the space-maker and orchestrator back into the object itself.
Hood portrays a strong sense of guardianship and protection from the world. Raffan over compensates this fear by creating an envelope like container for her head. Rather than taking solace indoors, or within a controlled environment, the artist arms herself with the first part in a new outfit, designed to equip her for city life in amongst a world filled with possessions.