Dress and Burned Furniture, 2013 Grace Schwindt

105 x 202 x 63 cm burned wood, ceramic, steel, wax and silk Courtesy of the Artist; ZenoX, Antwerp Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn

Dress and Burned Furniture is an autonomous sculpture and despite clear references to other installations it does not appear in one of Schwindt’s films or performances. Similar to nearly all her autonomous sculptures, Schwindt again combines carefully chosen contrasting materials and shapes creating a sculpture with major suggestive values, not in the least because the silk material make the visitors really want to touch sculpture. The title of the work makes the feelings of suggestiveness even stronger. What does the sculpture mean? What does it want to tell us? Are the long pieces of silk fabric really a dress or has the artist given the object a completely different meaning?