This is both a warning and an exhortation to women to defend themselves against aggression, submission, exploitation, veiling. This work borns... Read More
This is both a warning and an exhortation to women to defend themselves against aggression, submission, exploitation, veiling.
This work borns from the sad circumstances constantly reported in our news (84 femicides in Italy in 2021; 1.421 in Europe in 2019; the recent takeover of Taliban in Afganistan... ) about the continuous violence against women and it carries a message that goes beyond the boundaries of geography and time. It is a call to the active resistance, where the thorns inflicted over the centuries and still today, become metaphorically weapons of defence and offence.
The message is that women must be approached with caution, "handled with care“ and respect, otherwise, they sting, just like Prickly Pear Cactus.
This female prickly figure is gold and shines with light. Her thorns are as bright as knives. Her head is ripe fruit. An absorbed and pensive expression on her face, closed eyes, focused on her inner self. She is aware of her own strength.
This work plays with the idea of 'soprammobile' ( bric-a-brac ). In every mum’s or aunt‘s house, you will certainly find small porcelain figurine of sweet and docile women.
In this work, it becomes untouchable and threatening despite the sinuous and soft shapes. It has the proportions of a porcelain figurine but not its fragility because it is made of wood. It is not smooth, you can't touch it, let alone dust!
This object is arguably useless except for making people thinking.