Artist: Barbara Burns
Title: Pas de Deux
Attribution: Pas de Deux, 2016, Barbara Burns
Materials: Handwoven Tapestry: Mercerized cotton weft, seine twine warp
Dimensions: 23.5 x 39.5
Image Statement: Pas de Deux is part of my Burlesque series which is based upon my own experience as a dancer and as a woman expressing herself. Begun with a backstage photo at a burlesque performance, Pas de Deux symbolizes the duality of a dancer’s persona and the woman within. This work also expresses the fellowship and respect that develops between dancers. The lace work patterning is a reminder of antique lacework. What was once costly and rare, handmade by women at a meager wage, has become ubiquitous, so commonplace, it even adorns the derrière. Pas de Deux won Bets of Show at Heallreaf 2 in London, England.