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Art Number: 555
I want to make monuments, symbols in public spaces which reflect the achievements of repressed groups. If we had symbols to reflect the historical achievements of women, would there still be the overpowering presence of the heroic man in our cities? The answer of course is no, since heroic can only exist in a hierarchy system which defines all other groups negatively. Now, if the gendered hierarchy system works on a binary definition of male and female, the underlying support structure here is the mother. The death drive gendered binary opposition has created the hero father/son rivalry whose support system is God.
Historically it is the mother’s death, not the fathers which determines the formation of city order. Since the heroic male has created a single path to creativity via the banishment of the mother from Western thought. Highlighting this system can theoretically weaken its structure. Symbolically then, I have recreated a version of Michelangelo’s The Pieta to create a space for the feminine. My Pieta, placed in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, not only challenges the historical content of the site but creates a space for the feminine. I want to create visible spaces for women and hope the future of art will be strong, participatory, empowering, and inclusive.
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