Silene Christen

Silent Christen

Monotony can be a trap. In Silene Christen’s “Modern Sacrifice,” the routine for what may be a housewife is illustrated through the words of chores, the processing of laundry. Compartmentalizing the scene into three boxes might indicate time having passed, yet the messages contained are the same. Year after year of the same work, never finished, there is an inherit futility. The figure of the woman has more potential than her situation, given her brighter colored clothing—the laundry is for someone else that she serves. But her overall purpose is minimized, even trivialized, by a colorless routine. The grass where she hangs laundry also lacks interest by being represented in black and white. How does the piece gain by having echoed settings in each box? Does this woman have other options? How did she get here? What might be the escape from the boredom and colorless environment, where her meager efforts are not rewarded? Is there beauty in monotony that she can’t see, as here the artist feels it is worth examining? With no clues to resolve, with only a purple shirt to break up the tedium, it seems that something has to happen.

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