Medium: Archival pigment ink/Giclee print on 350gsm Hahnemühle etching paper
Dimensions: 160 x 110 cm
Ed. 1/1 UNIQUE work
I love women whose
hidden desires make
horses put an end
to their lives at
– Mahmoud Darwish –
The irony in this work is sublime. The work suggests that the woman holding the rifle put an end to the horses’ lives, but in fact, for me, she is Mother Nature, adorned with a massive “blood bouquet” of flowers on her head, bringing homage to the millions of horses that died in countless, often senseless battles in history, mostly fought by men. Once again, the symbiosis between humans and animals is distorted in this work, a strategy I often employ in my work. The flutter of butterflies asks for an urgent transformation of the way humans think and live to reach a more meaningful symbiosis with animals and nature – our planet is in trouble.
The queen of La La land is a critical comment on the plight of women in a persisting patriarchy, as well as the absence of herstory. The glass tiara and stack of vases are important clues for the latter in my work.
The work is a critical comment on the ongoing plight of women in a persisting patriarchy, as well as the absence of not history but “herstory”. The glass tiara and stack of vases are important clues for the latter in my work. The glass tiara becomes a poignant symbol for the fragile position of women in history. Women were marginalized, silenced, excluded and or selectively included in history. The stack of vases slyly comments on the weight of an exclusionary history women had through the centuries. The vases were also specifically chosen as symbols for women all over the world, still carrying water on their heads to this day, especially in third world countries.