Alexis Hunter

Approach to Fear XIII: Pain - Destruction of Cause

1977

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
8 photographs, C-print on paper mounted on board, 2 panels
Dimensions
Displayed: 1018 x 960 x 25 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2013
Reference
T13926

Display caption

In this work Hunter refers to the advertising techniques of the 1970s whereby you would often see a hand presenting a desirable product. There is a visual conflict between the female hand with polished nails and the burning high heeled shoe it is holding in this act of destruction. The shoe can be seen to embody the woman as portrayed in the mass media; a sort of starlet offering herself for public consumption. This artwork clearly relates to Hunter’s feminist position and critique of society’s objectification of the female body.

Gallery label, September 2016