Cathy Wilkes

(We Are) Pro Choice

2008

In Tate Britain
Artist
Cathy Wilkes born 1966
Medium
Shop mannequin, toilet, cooker, ladder, latex, ceramic tiles, burnt wood, bowl, bells and other materials
Dimensions
Overall display dimensions variable
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Members 2009
Reference
T12823

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Shop mannequin, toilet, cooker, ladder, latex, ceramic tiles, burnt wood, bowl, bells and other materials Although the work is identified through its title with the right to abortion, the installation enigmatically suggests other life choices faced by women – such as the tensions of childbearing and being a mother or following a career rather than the traditional household ‘duties’ of looking after the home. Two possible and contrasting life choices seem to be offered – climbing up a career ladder or staying at home passing time on a toilet or in the kitchen. The work is made up of familiar everyday objects as well as more puzzling and mysterious imagery – possibly the result of private ritual.

Gallery label, August 2018

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