In this sculpture, I tried to capture the elusive moment that takes place in the life of every girl: That instant preceding the transformation of the child’s body into a sexual, feminine body. The girl in the sculpture is frozen mid-movement, standing on her head. Her internal organs are inverted and her legs are flailing in the air for support, while her hair roots her in the ground.

For me, this work is a visualization of my own childhood world, in which I could think upside down and thus question the laws of nature and physics. The girl in the sculpture functions as a sort of antithesis to the Kore (archaic Greek statues of adolescent figures) that stand almost motionless, save for a rare smile.

Shira Fridman

Headstand, 2016

bronze, 95 × 163 × 95 cm

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