Bill Woodrow Car Door, Ironing Board and Twin-Tub with North American Indian Head-Dress 1981

Artwork details

Artist
Bill Woodrow born 1948
Title
Car Door, Ironing Board and Twin-Tub with North American Indian Head-Dress
Date 1981
Medium Washing machine, ironing board and car door
Dimensions Displayed: 1865 x 2830 x 1570 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03355
Not on display

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This replica of a Native American head-dress was made from sheet metal taken from a car door, an ironing board and washing machine. A manufacturer''s logo is still visible on the top of one feather. ''The idea came from seeing a child''s toy head-dress and thinking about how far that image had travelled from its original form and place'', Woodrow explains. He was interested in the idea of a traditional, Native American culture confronting the trappings of consumer society, and the way in which many Native Americans now live a westernised life. The thin metal strips joining the objects together literally express this interweaving of two cultures.

August 2004