Installation shown at Next Level Projects/London2010
A hospital trolley, which in its entirety represents a kind of luxurious, organic breast machine. On The trolley’s lower level one discovers a kind of primary organ, which first presents its repulsive, lumpy and hairy appearance. Despite the fact, the observer of this breast machinery is equally drawn into a chain of associations, ranging from sensations of shapeliness, softness, warmth, fertility, lust, attraction and fetish all the way to what breasts symbolize, namely the source of food of a mother’s breast. What makes the breast reproductions and the flesh fillings confusing and troubling are the diamond’s (with which the vulnerable pieces are decoratively studded) promise of exclusivity and extravagance. Equally, the silicon breast implants, inside of which swim the diamond initials of a world-renowned luxury brand, claim uniqueness. Everything displayed on the trolley’s storage levels are connected by tubes. The primary organ nourishes everything within its reach and thus guarantees the immediate usability of all breast parts.
Breasts trigger a yearning for safety and security, attachment and belonging - the moment a mother’s breast no longer nourishes, everyone for the first time experiences feelings of loss and the sensation of separateness. Perhaps this lies at the root of our obsession about what breasts are or what they should be - because “breasts only”, without the entire conglomerate of associations of longing and lust, do not exist.
The work shows versions of a body design that necessitate a radical intrusion into the innermost parts of human kind. Most inner parts have been turned outside, outward parts turned inside, both blending into one. As possibilities of modeling and perfecting the body’s surface have become endless as well as financially affordable, the question arises how exclusiveness, decadence, wealth or the desire for an individually controlled and designed physicality can nonetheless be expressed.
Andrea Hasler dissects moral concepts generated by the media and deeply entrenched concepts in every individual without reassembling the dissected, separated and ornamented pieces into a new or different whole - thus confronts the observer with his or her own feelings of attraction and repulsion, of power, control and impotence.