object n. object v.

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object n., object v. was created to link present day gender inequality to our ancient past. Male control over women’s bodies and women’s sexuality continues around the world, as does the hierarchy of objective beauty. While the ancient Greeks were oppressing and objectifying women, an egalitarian society roamed north of the Black Sea. Legendary warrior women known as Amazons rode horses, practiced archery, fought to defend and conquer, and had sexual freedom.

I juxtaposed two parallel worlds through objects and imagery. All the text on the left side is derived from Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation by Ruby Blondell. The text excerpts on the right side are from Adrienne Mayor’s book The Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World.
Letterpress printed handset type and polymer plates, Amazon ink drawings were inspired from imagery on Greek pottery. Hand crafted cylindrical box by Mark Burdon. 13" x 12" x 12" 2016