Almost Ready made... !
How a commonplace object taken
away from its first use it can change status by being displayed
in a museum?
Why these dolls to which we pay hardly attention in a child's
room or an attic sale they shout out us of their fixed and artless
looks when they take place on a pedestal or in a glass cabinet?
Invited by the association
I.N.T.E.R.V.A.L.L.E.S to participate in the collective exhibition
memory (ies) for which we had to question the cultural
memory from the collection of the museum of Crépy-en-Valois,
I wished to pursue my work on the fate of the women today. I
thus dealt with the production and the transmission of the feminine
roles, the manufacturing of stereotypes and beacons put in the
collective imagination, most of the time connected to the control
and to the conformation of the body of the women - whether it
is in the Christian tradition or in our time which tends to marchandiser
every moment of our lives.
During centuries, Madonnas,
martyred virgins or penitent sinners inspired the paint and the
statuary - all the imaging which contributed to the spread of
the Christian religion and to the adoption of its values in Europe.
Since about fifty years, other models are imposed on the girls
by the consumer society in which the individual dominates on
the group and the immediate pleasure on the salvation of the
soul, the exercise of the virtue or the intelligence ...
The confrontation of these two universes in the same place deprives
them of the visible "benevolent neutrality" by opening
us a field of questioning on tools and models of identity construction
proposed to the women, that they are mothers or not... Indeed,
I was particularly interested in the way is lived and felt the
non-maternity by the concerned women, embroidering their
words on the clothes of dolls taken in here and there. Omnispresent
in the second-hand shops, I also dealt with the proliferation
of the model of the " doll model " which colonizes
the imagination of the little girls of the whole world with a
new ideal of beauty and materialistic lifestyle today. In the
long list of the activities of this doll, neither spirituality
nor philosophy to the program...