DESCENT & RETURN

Jayne Mansfield (April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre, and television, a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Mansfield was 20th Century Fox’s alternative to fill the big emptyness Marilyn Monroe had left and came to be known as the Working Man’s Monroe. In the society of the spectacle, the hunger of the market needed a new celebrity, Jane Mansfield’s flesh and spirit was exploited as any other woman in our system of production and reproducción of the patriarcal status quo that wants to reach progress at any cost. After succeeding like a comet she had the commun decline most celebrities suffer and died drunk in a car accident with her whole family.

In 1995 I used her silhuette without knowing her biography to make a floor carpet in an exhibition called Hogar Dulce Hogar, in La Panadería in Mexico City, art critics, public and all stepped on her. Now in Geneva I am using again her silhuette but as an homage I hope, an homage to all women that get used like carpets, an homage and acceptance of all cycles of life. At the end of her life, when the society of the spectacle got bored of her and wanted to dispose her like and old carpet, she became a desperate mess playing with satanism, drugs, alcohol and sex, it is a bit scary to play with her now, but I only hope she forgives me for also having used her as a rug in the past.

—M. C. , Geneva, 16.05.2013