Relationship status: is a series from Aiala Hernando and Addie Wagenknecht using self portraiture as a means of translating/exploring the private as public female experience. The artists use site specific real floral arrangements, alongside contemporary artifacts within the artists’ lived experiences; the personal objects strewn across the works serve both as a portrait of the modern women but also of the artists themselves: healing crystals, prescriptions, diet potions, pregnancy test and other alchemy. The works represent the fantasy of the internet, where images are curated and perfected in order to convey the ideal versions of ourselves- at first you see the living flowers, then you see the old takeout containers, elixirs, beauty tools and finally the artists themselves.
“As women, we wanted to create a dichotomy between the private and public female mythologies. Each work contains city specific personal artifacts from our bedrooms- healing crystals, prescriptions, diet potions, pregnancy test and other items. The works represent the tipping point between fantasy and reality, public and private as performance. In these works, the living flowers are the centerpieces- then in the forefront and background- our old takeout containers, elixirs, beauty tools and finally our physicality itself.”