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Slicer 1999
With this sculpture, Hatoum has turned an ordinary domestic object into something menacing by enlarging an egg slicer to measure four feet in length. The artist began to use kitchen utensils such as graters and colanders in her work during the 1990s, describing them as ‘exotic objects.’ They represented the traditional feminine domain of the kitchen, objects which traditionally kept the housewife tied to the home, yet greatly enlarged they assume a threatening aspect. ‘Slicer’ has been made on a human scale, with its slicing blades raised menacingly. This darkly humorous work is influenced by Surrealism – Magritte is one of Hatoum’s favourite artists and his paintings which distort scale are a predecessor of this work.

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A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4782
  • Medium Varnished steel and thermoformed plastic
  • Size 104.00 x 117.50 x 93.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Knapping Fund 2005