Black finished steel, 211 x 302 x 5 cm
Sammlung Sander/The Sander Collection, Darmstadt
Black finished steel, 31.5 x 219 x 98 cm
Courtesy of the artist
Both of these large-size objects belong to a group of work that is the artist’s work in progress since the 1990’s. She draws on mundane objects, which are part of every household and of either practical or comfortable use. A kitchen grater was the model for the objects Daybed and Paravent. Through their considerably enlarged size and their materiality of steel, they not only loose their practical value. The partially sharp surfaces and massive size of these objects appear as menacing and threatening, which stands in contrast to their titles. The discrepancy between the intended purpose of the household objects and the effects of the artworks protrudes even more clearly when compared to Hatoum’s wax paper frottage works, which reveal the original size of the kitchen utensils.