los-angeles

Anna-Maria Sircello

Food House

Displayed at one of Los Angeles’ newest and funkiest gallery spaces, Anna-Maria Sircello’s small, weirdly anthropomorphic objects are irresistibly erotic. Sircello’s corporealized forms (sometimes human, sometimes animal or insectlike) elicit the interpretive responses appropriate to a chaotic ’90s cultural imaginary. Constructed of hair, panty hose, hair nets, and embroidery hoops, these phallic and/or vaginal “bodies” use the tools of feminine beauty and feminized handicrafts to tell a story that ultimately rubs the sexual against the supposedly deeroticized femininity of the domestic. The tension created by this friction is both explosive and amusing.

Several pieces are formally spare, manipulating flesh-colored hose to construct genital and anal orifices—the circular leg-hole of a stocking pulled open across an embroidery frame lasciviously beckons the visitor to plunge a phallic

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