Tapestry, " An Old Friend "

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A hand-woven tapestry by Viv Davy depicting an old wringer washing machine. The machine is varying shades of green and blue with the name ' Beatty ' in orange on the front. It sits against a black background. The tapestry is slightly larger than life-size and is made to stand upright on its own base.
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The mechanisation of laundry freed up many hours for the average housewife. Viv Davy’s tapestry of an old wringer washing machine – rendered in incredible detail – might evoke nostalgia for the good old days. But her ‘old friend’ also brings with it an air of menace. Looming large on a black background, the rusty metallic form appears almost alive, a sinister figure about to eat your fingers. The bone-crushing reality of the wringer washing machine reminds us that it pays to keep nostalgia in perspective.
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