Kristen Blaser on Victorian Women

Original Sculpture by Kristen Blaser.

Original Sculpture by Kristen Blaser.

The wire sculpture of the woman’s head is symbolic of the ways in which women were trapped in Victorian society. The material, about fifteen yards of bronze twenty-gauge wire, is meant to mimic the wires of the hoop skirts and other cage-like clothing used to keep woman in their places. The inside of the woman’s head is empty because women were not supposed to have thoughts or opinions equal to those of men, and her face is nondescript because women were told that when they walked the street, they were not supposed to stick out from the crowd or make eye contact.

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