New York City-based artist Jennifer Rubell has created Nutcrackers, her 2011 art series of 18 life-size naked lady nutcracker sculptures. Each female mannequin is displayed sideways so that the legs can crush a nut (in this case, a Texas pecan) in the inner thigh. Take a look at one of the sculptures in action in this recent video posted by PAPER Magazine.
A statement from the artist:
…Nutcrackers consists of 18 life-size interactive sculptures of women surrounding a pedestal holding one ton of Texas pecans. Each prefabricated female mannequin is mounted on her side in an odalisque position and has been retooled to function as a nutcracker. Visitors interact with each sculpture by placing a pecan in the mannequin’s inner thigh, then pushing down the upper leg to crack open the nut so they may eat it in the gallery. Inspired by nutcrackers depicting female figures – and in particular one found on the internet of Hillary Clinton – these interactive sculptures embody the two polar stereotypes of female power: the idealized, sexualized nude female form; and the too-powerful, nut-busting überwoman. The work also serves as a prompt to action, encouraging the viewer to transgress the traditional viewer-artwork boundary and complete the work by participating in it.
photos by Andrew Ryan Shepherd taken at Dallas Contemporary