Compose A Woman is a form of sculpture from 2008. It takes the appearance of a jigsaw with the intention of highlighting violence against women.
Originally the sculpture consisted of seven irregular elements presenting a photographic image embedded on wood. Each of the sides of the cubes is covered in this material. Six monochrome portrait photographs show a woman who wishes to be attractive, a flirtatious woman, an injured woman, a humiliated woman, a worried woman and a woman who appears indifferent. The sculpture suggests a story or narrative but not in a literal way. My desire is to bring attention to the fact that this kind of pathology is still present in the society, even though it is less talked about at the moment… but I don’t show any fists, black eyes or blood. I show merely the changing face, grimace and blurred make-up. The title can also be read ambiguously.
I’m writing this from a perspective of the past.
The act of composing the cube has been a process of centralizing something, striving to perfection, striving to fulfill fantasies of overpowering some order. Every act of shaping something is a tyranny of the eye and ipso facto, an act of violence. During the last exhibition one element of the jigsaw disappeared, and there followed a process of decentralization which gives the work a new quality.
Now the sculpture is even more real in reception than before because the essence of perception is eternal flux, endless possibility, chaos.
Because of this, I have decided to leave the work as it is now, imperfect, incomplete, damaged.
Thanks to the accidental act violence of the viewer who made the completion of the cube impossible, the image of the woman became a mystery, an endless impossibility to fulfill the insatiable fantasy of a consumer. The cube can be composed and de-composed throughout the exhibition with the use of six photographs attached to the project.