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 collected by the Brothers Grimm and discusses the transfer of stories, knowledge and morals. Additionally it takes a critical stand against the way women are portrayed in these narratives.
The fairy tales of the collection Grimm originated not only from one source or even one country. They were traveling bundles of information and showcase that this part – as many others as well – of German cultural heritage was influenced by several different cultures. Despite being of a diverse background the core information fairy tales are meant to convey remains the same.
When analyzing the content of the six fairy tales (The Frog Prince, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood) it becomes apparent that the basis for all of them is a state of “waiting”. For something, for someone, for an event.
In BALD Angela Kaisers breaks down the stories' contents, reduces them to this notion of waiting and thereby highlights and criticizes the moralistic and gender stereotypical elements they purport.
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.