Looking Outwards 10

Title of the Work: Glass Ceiling
Year of Creation: 2014

The glass ceiling is a metaphor that is used to describe invisible barriers. One prominent barrier is how women can see elite positions but cannot reach them. The artist’s representation of the glass ceiling is a transparent barrier that although women can see through, they cannot pass through.

Wagenknecht used bulletproof glass panes and tried to break it. The kisses symbolize women using their femininity and female figure (the body, the face, the lips, selfies, attractive poses)to try to break the barrier, but all they do is leave marks on the glass. There is no damage, but the struggle to break through remains imprinted on the glass. I really love and admire this piece of art because of the powerful message of gender inequality this portrays.

Addie Wagenknecht is an American artist based in Austria, whose work explores the tension between expression and technology. She seeks to blend conceptual work with traditional forms of hacking and sculpture.

Link to her work: http://placesiveneverbeen.com/

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