Art from everyday objects pans out

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos showed off her artwork, Marilyn (PA) 2011, at her exhibition titled I'm Your Mirror at the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.

The pair of monumental high-heeled pumps, measuring 4m by 3m, are made from saucepans and lids - bringing to mind the dichotomy of feminism in the traditional domestic realm versus the social, public sphere.

Vasconcelos is known for her sculptures and installations made with a variety of materials from everyday life, such as pots, tiles, telephones, car wheel rims, rifles and even tampons.

Her works are often outsized and lighthearted, yet laden with meaning and socio-political references.

The exhibition in Bilbao, northern Spain, features some 30 pieces and runs from today until Nov 11.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Art from everyday objects pans out'. Print Edition | Subscribe