Biggie in a Bra

British artist Zoe Buckman has been known to work in various media, including photography, sculpture, and drawing; her latest project, Every Curve, combines vintage lingerie, hand embroidery, and the iconic lyrics of The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac.

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Zoe Buckman, She came twice, hand embroidery on vintage lingerie.

Buckman has collected a vast array of old-school ladies’ underpinnings and re-animated them with delicately embroidered phrases pulled from familiar songs by the two rap legends. The lyrics range from violent and derogatory, to sympathetic and bolstering—see “bitches, I like them brainless” versus “I think it’s time…to heal our women, be real to our women.” Buckman has created a body of work that joins daintiness and fragility with outright explicitness, painting a portrait of what the artist aptly names “the contradictory and complimentary influences of feminism and hip hop.”

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Zoe Buckman, She was born, hand embroidery on vintage lingerie.

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Zoe Buckman, And since a man (detail view), hand embroidery on vintage lingerie.

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Zoe Buckman, The blacker the berry, hand embroidery on vintage lingerie.

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Zoe Buckman, I like ‘em cute, hand embroidery on vintage lingerie.

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Zoe Buckman, I swear I’ll never, hand embroidery on vintage lingerie.

-Kate Haveles

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