ManMaid is the first in a planned series of works created in a collaboration between award winning artists Ian Wolter and Emma Elliott otherwise known as e ‘n’ i.
Inspired by the painting of Samson and Delilah by Peter Paul Rubens (1609-10), this work reverses the roles of victim and betrayer and discusses the pressures society has placed on women since the days of Cleopatra to remove their body hair in order to come across as more hygienic, refined and further disassociate themselves from their animalistic roots.
These forces, forever shaped by men for the pursuit of profit have got women plucking, shaving, trimming and even bejewelling in order to feel and be more attractive. But it is the porn industry now, with its predilection for pubic hairlessness that is deeply entrenched in psyches that indirectly determines this taste for impersonating prepubescence and ‘removing all’ around our nether regions.
In this collaboration the artists chose to pool their creativity by working simultaneously on both figures, resisting the urge to sculpt one figure each. The result is a coherent work of art that the audience will view as a whole, not questioning which artist made which figure, eliminating the possibility of comparison, competition. This ultimately contributes to the intention of the work.