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By Cecilia Bullo
Marble, human teeth
50cm x 10cm x 8cm
1. This work is about . . . exploring the Freudian theory of the toothed vagina. It’s about women showing their teeth against the patriarchy, it’s about women being strong and fighting back. It also explores mutation and hypothetical “what-ifs” in science. This piece was done a few years back, but it recently featured in the London-based art-and-science online magazine CLOT.
2. I made this work because . . . I was exploring mutant forms at the time and was also working a lot in stone. My aim was to make marble look like flesh in this piece. I had also had a bike accident in which I fractured some of my teeth, and during one of my endless visits at the dentist I came across an article on an anti-rape device developed in South Africa and the idea of this Freudian toothed-visceral-wound started to come about.
3. I hope when people see this work they will . . . feel curious and a bit uncomfortable, allowing the ambiguity of the work to tease at their subconscious.
4. In terms of art history, this work . . . would probably fall in the broad spectrum of sculpture and conceptual art.
5. You can see my work . . . at ceciliabullo.com and clotmag.com/scoutandtrends
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