"Stand Like This"
Foam, plywood, cotton, drawer slides, oil paint, Band-Aid
70.5" x 29" x 5"
Lara Nasser has sculpted a folk device in the form of an interactive human arm. It is based on theories of power postures and she has isolated the arm in order to demonstrate a point A to point B movement. It's a "do nothing machine" who's undercurrent of social implications references women's struggles in trying to achieve equality in the workplace, or contending with self image and self confidence in an essentially male dominated world. We literally "exercise" the dummy arm in order to "see" or "feel" the absurdity of a gesture intended to overcome oppression, implicating us as enabling Overlords.