Prince of Hearts
31 March – 29 April
International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery
Prince of Hearts investigates the fascination that some pubescent girls develop for horses. Josephine Jakobi explores this obsession and considers influences such as the romantic notions depicted in fairytales that play a major role in this allure. She explores how the “poor girl/prince” narratives become engrained in a young girl’s psyche, and how this is integral to her development as she becomes aware of her sexuality. The prince and horse become inseparable as they carry ideas of freedom, her emergence into womanhood and the fantasy of being rescued and whisked away. Jakobi further explores the repetition of objects and how with time, or as the girl matures, this devotion becomes subsequently abandoned. Sculptures that reference equestrian imagery are core to this series of works.
Opening Celebration: Saturday, 31 March, 1.00 - 3.00
Image credit: Josephine Jakobi, Oppenheim Bra, 2010, leather, linen twine, rabbit fur and stoneware horse. Collection of the artist.