This Surrealist object was inspired by a conversation between Oppenheim and artists Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar at a Paris cafe. Admiring Oppenheim’s fur-covered bracelet, Picasso remarked that one could cover anything with fur, to which she replied, ‘Even this cup and saucer.’ Soon after, when asked by André Breton, Surrealism’s leader, to participate in the first Surrealist exhibition dedicated to objects, Oppenheim bought a teacup, saucer, and spoon at a department store and covered them with the fur of a Chinese gazelle. In so doing, she transformed genteel items traditionally associated with feminine decorum into sensuous, sexually punning tableware.
Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us.
|Into My Own|
AMONG the men and women the multitude,
As the narrator grudgingly helps to carry his mother’s casket to the church, the literal issue at hand is the dilemma of the weather: the heat’s influence is stifling. The sun’s rays beat down on members of the procession. In the metaphorical interpretation of the scene, however, the reader is presented with a commentary on the human condition. A man is born into a life that can only end in death, that central, inescapable fact of life. It is an unavoidable truth.
“If you go too slowly there’s the risk of a heatstroke.
But, if you go too fast, you perspire,
and the cold air in the church gives you a chill.’
I saw her point; either way one was in for it.”