The series of paintings of huge swords on ironing boards and their miniaturized doll-size versions. The title On the sword and on the distaff indicates a reflection on gender roles in historical perspective. The swords are the metaphor of great deeds going down in history narratives, while ironing boards stands for the everyday work, performed by women, mundane and overlooked.
These ironing boards are mostly some second-hand, found objects, worn-out and covered with some banal, corny textile patterns.
As Marta Lisok writes, heavy and dignified shapes of swords “now are supporting themselves on the thin legs of objects inscribed in the imaginarium of the order reserved for the private sphere, so that they become harmless and trivialized. At the same time the ironing board itself as a sign of everyday routine acquires a new predatory potential through the image of a sword on it. It becomes a sign of accumulated aggression and fury. Simple interpretation paths intersect additionally in the context of the miniature versions of the above objects which Sakowska prepares in a size to fit a doll’s house. Innocent ironing boards being the background for swords, connoting power and epic, insidiously shatter the natural order of things. Clear instructions for the performance of gender roles inscribed in toys designed for a specific cultural gender are softened and blurred here.”
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