GIRL-HORSE WITH MIRROR (2003)
Iris Le Rütte`- NL.
Bronze and mirror glass
On a medieval Cluny tapestry, a unicorn is depicted, together with a female shape. Its forelegs are draped in her lap. She holds him a mirror. It is believed that this is an image of Christ and Mary, but it could also have had an erotic meaning. In this sculpture of La Rütte, woman and animal have merged into a female horse with a mirror in its forelegs – a vain girl-horse! The question arises if this is meant to be a horse with human properties, or the metamorphosis from man into horse? What is minimally required in terms of properties to identify the image with one single word? This very old question has already been posed by Aristotle and Plato
Le Rütte studied at the Amsterdam: Iris Academy for Visual Arts and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. During her studies at the time, Le Rütte, chose against the prevailing mode of abstraction, self examination and discussion, for recognizable shapes. Together with Henk Visch, Thom Puckey, Nicolas Dings and Tom Claassen belongs to the Group of artists that will guarantee the new figuration, the rebirth of the narration and the symbol in the Visual Arts. In addition to small sculptures in bronze, makes Le Rütte monumental work that resides on various, places in the public room. Her first outdoor picture-In the wind (1990)-a divided giraffe on two pedestals-was placed in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. This was followed by more commands by municipalities and agencies. One of her more famous works is Fata Morgana, three monumental bronze camels along the railroad tracks at the Wibautstraat in Amsterdam.