Pentagon

magazine paper, cut out
14.1×21cm
2011

The left-over pages from her series of origami flowers, are recycled into a new series of images in Pentagon, accruing new meaning in the process. Erotic photographs from a Chinese magazine from which the origami flowers were cut leave geometric spaces that now appear to conceal the women’s bodies, and creates a tension between explicit and implicit. This becomes overlaid with the association of the Pentagon, a symbol of the American Intelligence Agency and its clandestine operations from the Cold War. In the combination of associations it portrays the contrasting perspectives of the two world powers, one abstract, one figurative that permeate not just aesthetics but an underlying difference in sensitivities and attitudes.