Hell Hath, no Fury is a collection of “porcelain” weapons that were made by Paris-based artist Helena Hauss in an effort to question how we view gender. The sombre series is created in the manner of classic flowery Delftware pottery and includes an axe, a grenade, a spiky bat, and a flail. While Hauss’s sculptural shapes challenge this antiquated stereotype by reflecting the inner confidence and aggression of women, her selection of materials and style depict how women are frequently regarded as frail.
According to Hauss, “women have always been perceived as the ‘female gender’ and are continually being preyed upon or degraded in some way or another.” This work is a representation of the conflicting nuances that come with gender and an effort at justification from a feeling of perpetual fragility that has been pushed onto us since women are too frequently portrayed as fragile and sensitive.
Although every hand-painted object appears to be made of fine ceramic, the artworks are only intended to deceive the viewer. Polyurethane, a robust substance, is what makes up Hell Hath no Fury. Hauss made this creative decision to symbolise the tenacity of women. She adds, “It’s about strength of character, wrath, and independence.” We wear complete steel armour and are prepared to fight back since we are not composed of glass, porcelain, or glass.
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Hell Hath, no Fury, a collection of “porcelain” weaponry by Helena Hauss, beautifully contrasts the depicted frailty of women with their innate might.
Every hand-painted object is created to resemble vintage Delftware ceramic…
… but they’re literally made of polyurethane, a sturdy substance.