After the controversial nude statue commemorating Mary Wallstonecraft was unveiled this week, the plan to build a public monument to the heavily armed Virginia Woolf gained new momentum.
Maggi Hambling’s Wollstonecraft sculpture in Newington Green, London, depicts a silver nude girl, intended to represent the “birth of movement”, not a writer known as the mother of feminism. But this caused a wave of criticism. The author of Caroline Criado-Perez, who led the campaign for the Millicent Fawcett statue on Capitol Square, described the decision-making process as a “catastrophic error”
Cheryl Robson of Aurora Metro Arts and Media, a non-profit art organization, raised funds for three years and placed a statue of Woolf by the river in Richmond, London, where the author lived and worked ten years. Robson said that since the Wallstonecraft statue was revealed, Woolf’s fundraising activities have injected thousands of pounds. Now, it has raised nearly 16,000 pounds of the target 50,000 pounds.
The Woolf monument was originally a life-size bronze statue. The author sits on a bench overlooking the river, and passersby can sit next to her. The sculptor Laury Dizengremel portrayed Woolf in a contemplative, relaxing moment-wearing full clothes.
Robson said: “It caught our attention, because we let her smile gently and enjoy her day, which goes against her stereotype of being a suffering artist.” “There is in Tavistock Square. Woolf’s bust depicts her as a genius suffering torment. She hates that kind of bust, so the things that represent her after death are really terrible-the stereotype is that the only way for a woman to become a genius is If she is mentally ill. So we are challenging that trap. If you read the diary, she would walk the dog on the river in Richmond every day and sit down to enjoy the view. So history is right, I think people like that they can sit Thoughts next to her.”
In the UK, less than 3% of statues are non-royal women. Robson said that although there are about 100 statues and monuments in public places in Richmond, “Although we have some naked female nymphs, none of them are women. Therefore, it is good to see that the clothes we wear in public places are not The woman of the royal family.”
Dizengremel said: “All these sculptures are men, men, men, and we rarely have women.” His most recent assignments include David “Bomber” Pearce in Newport, Wales. ) Memorial, and the Brown Ability Statue in Hammersmith, London. . “When you look at Virginia Woolf, you see a woman in clothes sitting on a bench on a book.”
The “Green Action Mary” movement spent 10 years raising £143,000 for its Wollstonecraft statue, which he said was a thank you to all the people who participated in the statue “thought-out”. The campaign said in a statement: “The views expressed publicly are exactly what Mary Wollstonecraft would like.” It also acknowledged the divided answer: “Our position is always that art The product should reflect the spirit of Walstonecraft: she is a pioneer of breaking convention, and she deserves a memorial as radical as hers.”
Wollstonecraft activists also stated that they look forward to more campaign groups to raise funds to celebrate and commemorate the influence and achievements of other women, and highlighted the campaign for the Senator Sylvia Pankhurst for Clerkenwell Green in Islington. 2,000 pounds have been raised for charity. 50,000 pounds.
“I like Maggi Hambling’s work very much, but I don’t think it is really suitable for commemorating writers and thinkers like Wollstonecraft,” said Robson, who had supported the Wollstonecraft statue campaign and published 50 copies of “Female Sculptor.” , With both Dizengremel and Hambling.
Dizengremel agreed. “I questioned Maggie’s explanation of what best represents the spirit of Mary Wallstonecraft. How could she not expect that exposure to feminist figures would cause the tribute object to be protested by the audience she targeted. “The sculptor said. “She defended the sculpture by saying that people missed this point, but I feel that for art, there should be no point that needs explanation. In other words, the viewer is looking at a piece of art and should draw something from it-the point It should run through the artwork itself. No sign or anyone, including the artist, is required to explain what this concept is.”
Dizengremel is currently studying the Woolf statue and has obtained planning permission from the Richmond City Council. Aurora will hold an online celebration on December 12 to raise funds for the sculpture, and 20% of the sales profits of the “Women Writers Handbook” published in July will be donated to the fundraising event.