Lecture 010 Reading – Nanas, Guns, and Gardens (Phyllis Braff)
- Saint-Phalle’s work has sometimes been regarded as playful, but the fuller perspective
allowed by the retrospective suggests that she was a pioneer in exploring emotions from a
feminist point of view, using personal experience as source material and developing themes
of sex, love, aggression, childbirth, nurturing and death.
- She has examined painful relationships and female vulnerability in works that confront fears
and celebrate love.
- Saint-Phalle solicits the involvement of the viewer in her work.
- Saint-Phalle’s most familiar works are the Everywomen known as “Nanas”. Each of these
figures are made of wire, papier-mâché, paint