The Horsewife. Times of the Day
This picture cycle is an exploration of female domestication by means of photography, imagining a horse figure’s activities, pastimes, and moods over the course of a day.
Reflecting the equation of women and animals in a patriarchal culture through language and treatment, and their domestication and instrumentalization, the sculpture Horsefigure (Mare) is shown in an abundance of settings. The name of the original figure refers to the derogatory and sexually connoted use of the term ‘(brood)mare’ for women. The vertical posture, limbs, and gestures make it appear human, while other shapes, the colour, and the use of leather show a connection to fur animals. Deco fabric and elements give references to the domestic as the traditionally feminine sphere and to women’s adornment, the revealed seams to techniques of feminine creation, and laces to female sexuality. In the photographs, sizes and perspectives of meaning are expressed, just like the environment and its objects becoming huge for us when we are constantly exposed to them and cannot escape. Also, the compression and expansion of time are visualized.
Objects and images are parallel expressions for me, but inspire each other. I transfer designs from paintings into sculptures, while, conversely, the horsefigure built the starting point for a painting series. This ongoing process leads to descendents, that expand the aesthetic and material qualities, as well as species and culture context. However, the future of the Horsewife, not only of its offspring, will also be pursued. Dec 22
1. Power, 2. It's a lovely day today, 3. Wash it, wash it, wash it (Laundry I), 4. Mirror, Mirror, 5. Laundry II, 6. Eva 2000, 7. Check it, 8. Mood, 9. In my beautiful Garden, 10. Fast Cooking, 11. Home Cooking, 12. I really just need a snack, keep me going strong, keep my mind on track, 13. Shiny Sink I, 14. You sparkle and shine, you make the world all glow (Shiny Sink II), 15. Let's fly, 16. It's good to touch the Green, 17. The Mess, 18. The Yellow Wallpaper, 19. Sentiment, 20. In my own little corner, in my own little chair (I can be whatever I want to be).
© Renate Maas
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It's a lovely day today
Wash it, Wash it, Wash it (Laundry I)
In my beautiful Garden
I really just need a snack, keep me going strong, keep my mind on track
Shiny Sink I
You sparkle and shine, you make the world all glow (Shiny Sink II)
It's good to touch the green
The Yellow Wallpaper
In my own little corner, in my own little chair (I can be whatever I want to be)