The colorful projection-filled world of pioneering video artist Pipilotti Rist is full of surprises. Entering a totally different sphere of perception where animals roam free and apples are available for consumption, visitors of Rist's exhibitions find themselves immersed in rich audiovisual scapes where moving images flicker across strips of fabric hanging from the ceiling or onto antique furniture in a dreamlike fashion.
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About the artwork
A life-size cutout of the artist herself, this piece is a statement of womanhood and feminism. The blood trickling down her leg alludes to menstrual cycles, mirroring the red knee-high sock covering the other, and clashing oddly with her plain facial expression and fifties-style housewife dress. Designed to be fastened to the wall, chair or table, the fabric structure of the cutout recalls an apron, as does the title The Help. Paired with the halo-like structure adorning Rist's head it becomes the stance of blessing people like a saint, yet also the gesture of helplessness, that both a damsel in distress and a child in need would perform, resulting in an iconographically complex piece.