Have you seen the @pstinla ads that say “There will be a box to make love in”? They’re referring to this work by #RadicalWomen artist Teresinha Soares. 👆 In its original conception, the viewer would interact with “Caixa de fazer amor (Lovemaking box)” by turning a handle connected to a windmill that, when spun, would set in motion a large red plush heart inside the box; the heart’s playful and overblown motion imitated the way a heart beats when one is in love. Another heart—this one split though with the potential to be joined—was formed in the upper part of the box by two faces almost touching each other. Both comic and celebratory, this work speaks of the tribulations of love and desire. 💕 #PSTLALA
Teresinha Soares (Brazilian, b. 1927), “Caixa de fazer amor (Lovemaking box),” 1967. Meat grinder, cloth, plastic tubes, two glass bottles with liquid, wires, oil paint. 23 5/8 × 21 5/8 × 14 9/16 in. (60 × 55 × 37 cm). Collection of Teresinha Soares. ©the artist.