DIRTY COUSINS I-III
ASSEMBLAGE, 1,38M x 1,08M / 1,19M x 0,85M / 0,70M x 0,60M
CHINESE NEWSPAPER, EROTIC PLAYING CARDS,ROSE, NEGATIVE PREGNANCY TEST, STAMPS WHEAT PASTE, WAX, ACRYLICS, GLOSS, LACQUER.
Through a forensics of banality Dirty Cousins I-III reconsiders the romanticizing and nostalgic spectatorship around modes of love and eroticism. The works present a composition of items of an outworn character: sepia-toned newspaper clippings, a red rose, 80’s pornographic playing cards and postage stamps. Whether the romanticization stems from analogicity or clichés the items are swiftly decoded by way of nostalgia. Ejaculatory splashes of acrylics and glistening glue, and a negative pregnancy test counteracts this effect, by glazing love and sex in a coat of male desire and female subjection. Rather than praising the romanticized eroticization of love and the female body, Dirty Cousins I-III interrogates the very act of romanticizing as a tacit approval and reproduction of gendered power structures.