It’s not made of real blood and gut, but Andrea Hasler’s amazing art piece “Matriarch” sure looks convincing, as does its companion piece “Next of Kin”. The two tents are actually made of wax, fiberglass, leather, and other materials. If you’re thinking that, in the words of Maude Lebowski, Hasler’s art is “strongly vaginal”, then you may be on to something. “Matriarch” and “Next of Kin” were made to honor the Women’s Peace Camp. You can watch a few “making of” features at Hasler’s website.
Hasler, the Zurich, Switzerland-born and now London-based artist, was commissioned by New Greenham Arts to create a piece for Greenham Common in Berkshire, England. That site held the Women’s Peace Camp, which was made famous when 30,000 women joined hands around the perimeter of an American airbase to protest nuclear weapons being held there. Hasler explained that “Metaphorically, I am taking the notion of the tents which were on site during the Women’s Peace Camp, as the container for emotions, and ‘humanise’ these elements to create emotional surfaces.”