Melanie Bonajo – “Furniture Bondage”

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“When I was a child, I was very restless and never wanted to sleep. To have a little rest my parents would tie me to the bed, but I was able to escape running around with a mattress and half the bed tied to me…As an adult my life goal is all about preserving my stuff, bringing it from A to B and back again and dropping some of the things in C in between. If I look at the objects maintaining my life as a condensation of material energy, I often wonder how long I could live free and happy from the gain I get out of that pure energy…I don’t actually own so much stuff, but often I dream of burning everything I have.”

 

 

[Melanie Bonajo is an artist based in The Netherlands. Her photographs, depicting female bodies fused with domestic objects, turn women into cyborgs, eaten alive by their tools. The idealized bodies of Bonajo’s models create tension in the word “bondage”; stripped here of sexuality, the women are literally bound in awkward and darkly amusing configurations. She also runs Genital International, which examines human relationships and explores the concept of “reality.” Quotation via]

 

 

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