Ladies in Waiting
The Politics of Fear, Albion, London
The installation is positioned to face the direction of Mecca. The viewer encounters the work from the back of the figures, shrouded and slightly bent over, in the at-ease position of kneeling prayer. The drapery of the prayer dress falling over the body is elegantly carved in marble in a smooth and buttery texture. The figures are silent and still. As the viewer walks around to the front, each figure reveals a chiseled blank face in raw marble.
When confronted with the foreign and unknown, our first reaction is often fear, which further separates and alienates us from the subject. The unknown then becomes the unknowable, without a voice or face.