Thursday, 13 November 2014
Cinderella's Glass Dress
Karen La Monte’s stunningly beautiful glass dress sculptures raise questions about the social and cultural role of clothing, while also introducing a ground-breaking chapter in the history of Sculpture.
Once upon a time, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, imagine that a talented artist with the gifts of a fairy decided to completely revolutionise Cinderella’s gala outfit and dress her in glass. Instead of – or even inspired by – her uncommonly beautiful glass slippers, this contemporary Fairy Godmother improved Perrault’s character’s attire by creating stunning figurative cast glass gowns fit for a queen which go beyond imagination and become literally breath-taking sculptures. And so a completely ground-breaking chapter was open in the history of Sculpture.
La Monte draws on the concept that clothing defines the body by making it culturally visible and socially meaningful to create her mesmerizing sculptures of cast glass dresses covering an inexistent body. She, therefore, emphasizes the divide between public and private spheres/spaces, while further exploring the idea of transparency and transience.
Besides offering viewers a gift of unparalleled beauty, Karen La Monte’s talent to create diaphanous awesome artworks from such a hard material posits questions about the social and cultural role of clothing, while also introducing ground-breaking horizons to the history of Sculpture.