March 7, 2020

Penny Slinger, Fruit of My Womb with Penny, 1973

Radical feminist artist Penny Slinger made this sculpture—a Madame Tussauds-esque, strawberry-topped cake, based on her own body—for her 1973 exhibition, Opening, at London’s Flowers Gallery. The theme of the show, Slinger says, was “food and eroticism.” It comprised largely of fibreglass life casts of Slinger herself, and others, combined with myriad objects and presented upon tables to question “the relationship of the feminine to food (and) nourishment”. For this striking shot, the artist posed nude beside her tabletop torso, tucking into a strawberry, in a deliberately outré instance of life imitating art (or is it the other way around?).

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