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Lea Cetera

Chassis is Lea Cetera’s first kinetic sculpture. The title references both a car’s frame and a derogatory colloquialism that sexually objectifies the female body. Cetera built a gyroscopic instrument that spins a hollow, clear-resin female acupuncture model (also made by a rotational casting machine) filled with two colored liquids of different densities. The motor’s revolving force starts and stops, and when it spins, the red and blue fluids—“correspond[ing] to oxygenated and unoxygenated blood”—swirl and emulsify to produce a third color, purple, associated with magic, power, and peace. Cetera’s apparatus represents chaos, its dueling colors symbolizing binary forces in opposition. The artist compares her visualization to the internalized struggle women face as they combat double standards and the criminalization of their bodies.



Hear artist Lea Cetera describe her work, "Chassis," (2021), in the Aldrich exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone.

Related Exhibitions

April 18, 1971, to June 13, 1971 | Old Hundred

Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists

June 6, 2022 to January 8, 2023 | Lobby, Leir Gallery, Screening Room, Ramp, Project Space, Balcony, South Gallery, Sound Gallery, Opatrny Gallery

52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Top image: Lea Cetera, Chassis, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Southard Reid, London. Photo: Jason Mandella