Isabelle Grobler, ‘The Hostess’, 2012, Sulger-Buel Lovell
Isabelle Grobler, ‘The Hostess’, 2012, Sulger-Buel Lovell

the hostess (bride)
The hostess consists of an empty ‘womb’ suspended above a large ‘corset’ structure bound to a grotesque ‘foot’. The forged-metal frame is
an arabesque design painted a neutral grey and signal red. The apex of the frame terminates in a curving ‘spine’ from which the ‘womb’, a large round laboratory flask, is suspended. The‘womb’ is lit by a spotlight. Underneath the ‘womb’ brightly painted segments of bentwood chairs form a ‘corset’ structure, from which three ‘legs’ descend. Of these, two are similar and terminate in fine insect like ‘feet’; while the third is bound to the ‘corset’ with black inner tubing strips. The bound ‘leg’ ends in a large grotesque cast-iron ‘foot’ which has been painted red. The hostess and the chairman together form the power couple.

Image rights: Sulger-Buel Lovell and the Artist

About Isabelle Grobler

South African, b. 1982, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa