A painting on canvas 210 x 179 cm titled Branded gives the key to the thought of the artist. The words of femininity are inscribed on this flaccid body : Decorative, Supportive, Irrational, Delicate. They are words from the language of men. The total contradiction between text and image is a clever provocation. Branded was sold for £ 1.5M including premium by Christie's on February 16, 2011.
For her degree show, Saville displays an installation titled Propped consisting of an oil on canvas 213 x 183 cm and a mirror. The composition of this self-portrait gives the illusion that the character comes out of her frame by her obesity. She is huge but vulnerable, with clenched hands and feet.
A text is superimposed on this image, in a plane as if it were scratched on a window. It is in reverse writing so that only the woman can read it. The role of the mirror is to provide its understanding to the art school jury. Subsequently and with the agreement of the artist, the mirror will no longer be used.
The text in Propped is a quote from the psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray who considers that men and women have a different language. Women however want to speak the language of men. In doing so, they flatter the male narcissism and erase their own personality.
Propped is estimated £ 3M for sale by Sotheby's in London on October 5, lot 6.
The audacity of Propped and Branded seduced Saatchi, and Saville will be a leading artist in his Young British Artists exhibitions. Titled Shift, a promiscuity of naked female bodies exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts brings in 1997 to Saville the celebrity by the indecency supported by Saatchi. Shift was sold for £ 6.8M including premium by Sotheby's on June 28, 2016.
Breaking all the canons of beauty, the art of Saville could not have been created by a man.
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SOLD for £ 9.5M including premium