Mixed media installation
Text stitched on fabric, text typed on paper, birch trees, thread, nails, shipping container.
approx. 5.7 m x 2.3 m x 2.3 m
The installation BALD is based on six popular fairy tales (The Frog Prince, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood) collected by the Brothers Grimm and discusses the transfer of stories, knowledge and morals. Additionally it takes a critical stand against the passive way women are portrayed in these narratives. When analyzing the content of these six fairy tales it becomes apparent that the basis for all of them is a state of “waiting”. For something, for someone, for an event to occur.
With its play on words the title of the installation – BALD – introduces the artist's thematic and conceptual approach: the German word “bald” (English: “soon”) is associated with waiting for something or someone whereby the English expression “bald” means direct, blunt.
© Angela Kaisers 2018
Texts on fabric:
Left (Frog Prince): being pretty, waiting, playing, crying, being pleased, promising, running away, forgetting, being scared, hesitating, obeying, crying, being scared, detesting, being enraged, obeying, being happy.
Right (Cinderella): being alone, crying, obeying, suffering, working, being ugly, waiting, wishing, begging, obeying, begging, being pretty, dancing, running away, following, being happy.