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Naiad Fountain

2021 / porcelain,  pigments, glaze, artificial hair / 70 x 55 x 55 cm

Photo:  © Pianka,  ©Luisa Hübner and  ©Simon Veres 

The 2021 porcelain sculpture "Naiad Fountain" is inspired by the eponymous fountain in Vienna's Schönbrunn Park. The artist plays with the femininity* of the original fountain, exploring it through the prism of a queer feminist approach. Belova reinterprets the sexualized image of a woman* and mother in the original fountain, and creates a new, androgynous body, only resembling a fountain in shape, but completely devoid of its original function.

This work is executed in the spirit of the Baroque and explores the main conflict of the absolutist era - the conflict of choice between the role imposed by society and authenticity, which, according to the artist, is still especially relevant for women * and representatives of the LGBT + community.

In the Baroque era, each member of society was assigned a clearly defined role in life, which was determined by nature. Following the role led to the death of authenticity. This was especially true of the female * role, whose life scenario was determined from childhood and going beyond it could become fatal for a woman * (in the Baroque era, a huge number of "witches" were burned)

Julia Belova reflects this conflict through form and material: in the sculpture "Fountain Naiad" the fullness of life is opposed to the material from which it is made - porcelain and synthetic hair. The object only plays the role of pulsating life, which is actually created from dead, frozen material, and the hair only plays the role of water. The form itself is very alive and close to nature, but since it is just a form, it becomes a role.

The author explores the relevance of the Baroque and connects this era with modernity, rethinking and creating a new corporeality and sexuality.

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