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Since we're talking about Niki de Saint Phalle today, here's her piece in Elles at SAM, at right:
- (The other artist, pictured at left, is Orlan, who has remade her body to resemble the body parts of various works of art, using plastic surgery.)
De Saint Phalle made this teeny-headed, enormous-bodied, garter-belted figure—called Crucifixion—in 1965, after the Shooting Paintings. This is the somewhat terrifying view you get when you look up at the crucified body (there's something awful and Otto Dix-y about her).
It's one thing to look up into a vagina, but it's another to walk right through one. A year later, de Saint Phalle came up with this, in Stockholm:
Inside was a movie theater (in her head), a planetarium, an aquarium, and a milk bar (in one breast).