A life-sized sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug. It’s like someone looked into my dreams and made them come true.
How many times have I awoken in the dead of night, fraught with intense introspection, thinking, why can’t art speak directly to me? Why has my head become so jaded, so closed off, that I can’t let beautiful things into my humble heart? And then something like this comes along, and sets me all atwitter with glee and makes me feel alive once again.
There’s nothing more beautiful than the thought of childbirth and, until the video of the actual birth is made available on DVD, I guess this elegant, static sculpture of the ultimate feminist hero will have to do.
The title of the piece, Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston, makes a strong statement and the author of this article seems to take it literally. I lean more towards the belief that this is a work of grotesque satire. The positioning of Spears’s body in a seductive pose on a bearskin rug while giving birth, points toward a comment on her spastic transition from teen-sex-pop-star sensation to mother figure.
With swollen fingers, but sculpted arms, hair in a bun, but pouted lips, my guess would be the artist is trying to show the gap that maturing young women in the spotlight are forced to straddle—declared status as a sex symbol, yet expected to retain the traditional trappings of proper womanhood. And when she inevitably fails at this almost impossible task, she is publicly chastised, but still deemed worthy of our attention.
I think Ludacris summed it up best when he said: “We want a lady in the streets, but a freak in the bed.”
It’s this odd double standard that the statue really addresses, and besides that, it’s just freaking awesome. I hope they come out with little statuettes so I can put one on my desk.
Send2Press.com: Dedication Honors Nude Britney Spears Giving Birth
The Gallery Website: Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston