"In the heart of the country" fot. B. Stawiarski
Sculpture-Lamp III (Fetish IX) is a lamp made with a polyester cast of a breast nestled in a bed of lace. As in her other sculptures, Szapocznikow disintegrates the body in order to work with individual parts, transforming casts of her own and friends’ bodies into original and decorative votive offerings (this work was created when the artist already knew she had breast cancer, from which she died in 1973). A similar example of this highly conscious, individual language of art is her sculpture Illuminated Breast. The lamp “pretends” to be an everyday object, yet it is incredibly complex in form and nature: on a long, slender stem blooms a flower made from casts of a breast and lips—the embodiment of female sexuality.
Medium: sculpture, assemblage: breast cast, polyester, plastic mesh, electric light
Format: 10×45×25 cm
Ownership form: collection Source: Piotr Stanisławski Index: MSN: 4300-8/2008 Acquisition date: Nov 6, 2008 Financing source: Purchased with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage