Lipstick On My Collar

Artist: Rodin - Wrapped by artist Cornelia Parker at the Tate Modern

Rodin's The Kiss initially became a magnet for thoughts of love, lust, and romantic passion. It was even thought to be risqué by some, especially since the woman was in equal reciprocation of the physical desire; engaged in the act of youthful ardor just as much as her male counterpart. What most don't realize is that these two lovers were in inspired by Dante's Inferno. Rodin sculpted two lovers falling in love, while still married. In the beginnings of their sexual infatuation they would sit reading tales of courtly love to one another, but when discovered, they were stabbed to death.

When Corneila Parker was asked to participate in the Tate Triennial in 2003 she decided to cover the statue with string.

Knowing that this was about two doomed lovers makes the passion shared by the couple even more fleeting, and despite appearances to the contrary, the course of true love never runs smooth. Parker's tangled web of string reiterates just that, relationships can be tortured, not just this romantic ideal. The string stands in as the complications of relationships. Although that being said,  I also find her interpretation and rendition of it even more illicit and sexy. For what the eyes do not see, the mind imagines.

-tM