Q is for Corporeal (Art, Sculpture)
Artist Andrea Hasler made a meat tent and called it art.
The piece, titled Matriarch, actually references a 1981 anti-nuclear protest, the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, where 30,000 women camped out at a British air force base. It was probably the largest sustained women’s protest ever organized.
The artist has made a work that references the human anatomy – and I wondered if/how this resonates with the discourse of somaesthetics.
Hasler herself has this to say for the piece: It takes “the notion of the tents which were on site during the women’s peace camp as the container for emotions and [humanizes] these elements to create emotional surfaces.” Hmm…
Jake and Dinos Chapman, “Great Deeds against the Dead,” (after an etching by Goya) uses this extreme imagery to depict the depravity of war. He uses the visceral response of the viewer didactically to impart a moral obligation against violence.