Subtitled – “things are not what they seem…”
I came across this artist’s work today and love the purposeful creation of the double take in her work. According to the book I was reading about this particular piece, The 20th Century Art Book:
Fetishistic and bizarre, this work suggests bondage and sexual domination. Using real found objects, the artist has removed the dimension of craft and apparent artistry from this sculpture, thereby rendering it disturbingly realistic and subversive. The unusual juxtaposition of objects is typical of Surrealism. One of the female Surrealists, Oppenheim often alludes in her paintings and sculptures to the experience of being a woman, investigating, as in this work, the fine line between female sexuality and being the object of male desire. Oppenheim specializes in unnerving imagery.
Her most iconic work, Object, is a fur-covered teacup, saucer and spoon. It’s definitely unnerving.
This table really appeals to me, with its combination of the functional and the fanciful.