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Lucas regularly uses chairs and cigarettes in her work. Here a chair becomes a stand-in body, displaying two balls covered in cigarettes, held in a black bra. Lucas sees cigarettes as a rebel accessory and a phallic symbol. Smoking, she says, is a chance to ‘pause and contemplate’. Lucas’s work frequently engages with representations of femininity. She uses humour to challenge gender stereotypes. Macho tabloid culture features in her imagery and titles. She uses that culture’s own language to question its objectification of the female body.

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Date

1999

Medium

chair, balls, cigarettes & bra

Measurements

H 80 x W 48 x D 52 cm

Accession number

T13928

Acquisition method

Presented by Tate Members 2014

Work type

Sculpture


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