Paris – or like jello on legs

Paris – oder wie eine Götterspeise auf Beinen (Paris – or like jello on legs), 2006/2007
mirror, motor, motion detector, wood
ca. 55 x 75 cm

…… The artist named the prototype of the quivering mirror (a wall-mounted object) Paris – or like jello on legs, referring to the ‘Judgment of Paris’, the tale of the Trojan prince, who chose the goddess Aphrodite over Hera and Athena as the most beautiful of all women. Again and again, Johanna Smiatek deals with time-honored clichés that she subverts or renders absurd in the net of manifold references that she weaves between her works. (Quote: Marc Wellmann)