Woman is a piece that’s meant to be controversial. It was made mindlessly without meaning, and was only assigned meaning once I found it sometime afterwards. 

Some will only see a wrapper, but I believe that’s not fair even if it is in fact just a wrapper. 

I happen to care a lot about this wrapper. 

It stands on two folds and holds a jagged, pointed figure. These points are not exquisitely tapered, and rather than spending hours to fold perfect, straight lines, I spent only a few moments folding them once or twice, and allowing the thin paper to slowly unravel along the lines to form natural curves as it reacted to my unnatural modifications. 

Some might call it remarkable that even with these subtle imperfections, it is able to stand on its own without perfect, straight folds holding it up, or without, perhaps, the intervention of another figure somehow intertwined in it, sitting against it, forming the second half of an arched bridge, providing stability in an act of mutual symbiosis. Even with all of that in mind, I don’t see anything remarkable about it, at least in that regard. 

It’s just simple physics, something that I don’t have a lot of technical knowledge about, but something that can be determined with little ease by anyone, because the reality is that we’ve all grown up in this weird world where our expectations of physics were formed as a result of experiences and unconscious observations. I suppose that same sentiment applies to many other things on this Earth as well.





     Ultimately, this piece is about expectations, and the unnatural process of looking at “things” as more than just things.

The initial expectation of looking at this piece is that it’s just a dumb photograph of a wrapper taken by some pretentious kid that’s trying to portray themselves as being sophisticated. 

Or maybe you’re a photographer, critiquing the weird angle, and wondering why the picture is overexposed. 

Or perhaps you’re an artist in the classical sense, an experienced painter or designer, thinking that this origami fold took no effort to produce, and thinking that my calling this single shot photograph a “piece” is laughable. 

Or maybe you just don’t care and you think this is pointless rambling. 

Or maybe you do care, but differently than I do, and you think that the color of the wrapper, along with the name of the piece, and the write-up, is some kind of allusion to women in society, or gender roles, or something like that.

Or maybe I’m wrong in believing you should have an opinion on this piece.
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Regardless of what you think, I’m still going to care about this wrapper.






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Kosta Vagenas

Woman

A brief write-up about a pink Starburst wrapper.
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