The BFA senior exhibition is coming up and Rebecca Hoffman is working on her pieces. She used the laser cutter to cut and etch some gorgeous leather with subtle images showing the medical effects of smoking: lung cancer, coronary heart disease, macular degeneration, and really bad teeth. These images are wreathed in wisps of smoke, and are strangely beautiful. Once the laser etching was done, she brought them up to the eStudio and added embroidered details to the smoke and medical images and her own drawings of women with their fingers out as if they are holding a cigarette...No cigarettes are actually shown because in Japan, advertising that encourages women to smoke is forbidden under a voluntary industry agreement. Because the ban is voluntary, it is observed in name, but not necessarily functionally...for instance, cigarettes are sold in little flower-decorated boxes, and the pianissimo brand is pink and green decorated.
The conflict between the health impacts of smoking and the urge toward equality is at the heart of Rebecca's project.
These pieces will be folded and sewn into little purses modeled on the traditional Japanese tobacco pouches and cast bronze elements will be added to them... We will have another blog post when they're done, but check them out in the Nash Gallery while they're up!!! They're well worth checking out!