Pod

Pod | Layla Holzer 2013

An encased hair-bound girl trapped into a clear pod. In her book From the Beast to the Blonde, Marina Warner writes that when Mary Magdalen repented of her worldliness and stripped herself of her finery, her hair grew to protect her modesty. In Pod, the girl’s body is protected from prying eyes, especially as the pod itself is clear and invites voyeurism. It’s the skin of her femininity, it binds her body as it blooms into womanhood. In fairy tales, girls can turn into animals to avoid unwanted sexual advances as they prepare to mature into woman. Their suitors will undo the animal enchantment, releasing them as woman. Pod shows the encased girl in a moment of wait and bloom. Not only is she bound in hair, but a secondary pod cocoon, for which her suitor will first need to break through, much like princes fighting through tangled thorn bushes, thick woodlands, glass coffins, tall towers and wolf stomachs to release their princesses with a kiss.

Plastic ball, paper, masking tape, gouache paint and synthetic hair.

Pod | Layla Holzer 2013Pod | Layla Holzer 2013

Pod | Layla Holzer 2013