Rapunzel’s counterpart was not the prince but Frau Gothel. Gothel, the name which alludes to Mother Nature (a different word for Gaia) in Greek mythology, and according to American writer William Irwin Thompson, “bright god (goth-el) in ancient Greek,” owned a mystical garden whose rampion (rapunzel) initiates the story for the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale. Historically, gardens are considered spots of earthly paradise created by God as a safe enclosure. Gardens are also commonly considered feminine and symbolize fertility. The mystical garden brought Rapunzel to Gothel, who mothered, treasured, and obsessed over her. In Imaginary Landscape, the exhibition space is subverted and rendered into a pseudo-garden, where a strand of hair acts as a guidance/path-finder for viewers. “The garden” will place the audience inside the fairy tale and at the same time symbolically womb their presence.
Venue: Emporium of the Modern Man, 60 Somme Road, #01-03
When: 1 - 17 Nov 2019,