Frances Goodman – NAIL HER, featuring a collaborative piece by Suzaan Heyns

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Venue: Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Date: 6 May 2014 – 31 May 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 09.00 – 17.30; Saturday 09.00 – 16.00

The month of May saw a creative collaboration between two great artists, Frances Goodman and fashion designer Suzaan Heyns. Goodman, known for her multimedia works that explore the commodification and objectification of the body, excess and obsession, sought inspiration from one of fashion’s ultimate feminine accessories – the false nail – which she layers and overlaps to create form, movement, pattern and structure.


According to Goodman, false nails signify a culture of excess and transience and form an expendable extension of the body.


In bridging the gap between art and fashion, Goodman and Heyns collaborated to produce the ‘performative, sculptural’ dress, which added an avant-garde twist to the exhibition. unnamed-13

The performative sculptural dress constructed by Heyns reinterprets Goodman’s bodily sculptures by actually coating and sculpting the female body with false nails. The costume was suspended during the exhibition, and activated during a series of choreographed performances where a performer was suspended inside the costume. Whilst Goodman’s sculptures are physically static with the use of nails to imply movement, Heyns’ costume will be caught up in the movement of the performer who will struggle within the confines of the static nails.

For more information on Nail Her, contact the Goodman Gallery at or 011 788 1113

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