Annette Messager, “Fetichism”, 2013
From the exhibition “Sexe, Humour & Abstraction”, Galerie Le Minotaure, Paris
Stay True from from the series Firm Being, 2009
"A part of my work centers around skin as the interface between the body and its environment. Taking skin as the medium per se, the economically codified and technologically extended surface collapses into the organic depth of this body as an evolved, natural product generated by blind and anonymous physical forces and biological processes. My work tracks how scientific knowledge distorts and stretches the “artificial” image of the body, and how it undermines the meaning of identity that comes with this image….Or, to return to the discussion of bottled water, there are particles that make plastics smoother that go into the drain system and back into rivers and seas. This contamination has effects on the hormonal balance: by mimicking estrogen, these chemicals are most likely responsible for girls menstruating earlier and boys growing less hair, alongside other more complicated consequences. Invisible, this water is still looking pure and wet but is in fact soaked with human influence."
- Pamela Rosenkranz
The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…
The Madonna of Roses, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (left) Kim Kardashian and North West (right)
Women’s Health Pack (Drive Buy), 2013