Artwork details

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Mixed media installation
149,8 x 731,5 x 7,6 cm
Alexis Smith

Courtesy of the artist and Honor Fraser Gallery. Photo: Brian Forrest.


The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Scorched Cinderella section), 2000
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Scorched Cinderella section) is a collaboration between the artist Alexis Smith and the poet Amy Gerstler. The work’s point of departure is literature and film, and the title refers, among other things, to a poem by Goethe from the late 1800s, musical compositions by Paul Dukas, and Walt Disney’s film Fantasia. Smith and Gerstler combine found objects with drawings and texts inscribed on the wall that explore female fairy tale characters such as the witch, the housewife and the princess. In this installation the story of Cinderella is developed further with a text that could have been written by her envious stepsisters. The text is combined with fairy-tale elements such as a princess’s dress, a slipper and old books juxtaposed with everyday items such as washing-up liquid and mops. The installation is both nostalgic and humorous, and sheds light on stereotypical women’s roles in literature and film history.


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