The Piano Clothespin
The Piano had been a cultural status symbol since the 18th century. As an extravagant item to have in a household, it was an essential novelty of aristocracy, that manifested their wealth and cultural education. As production capacities enabled a wider distribution of playing the piano, it was introduced to the bourgeoisie, as an instrument that maintained its social status. The Clothespin sculpture contains two halves – faminin and masculin, as two united souls.
In this variation of the clothespin the piano is placed on the masculin side as an instrument of peacocking. The piano as a social status is used here in order to impress the female, to seduce her and even confuse her. The masculin need to impress the female is an animalistic instinct, that stands in opposition to the use of the piano as a cultural and artistic instrument.