The Woman

Mari Velonaki

The Woman is the first work in The Woman and the Snowman series, which investigates the boundaries of what can be perceived as real. It comments on the influence techno-advancements have had upon mediating relationships in the context of the irreversible alterations taking place within the environment.

My fascination with fictitious characters and impossible love stories (Fish- Bird 2003–2006) led me to create another quasi-impossible analogy between an obviously fictional character, like a snowman, and a woman. Here, the snowman—as an honest representation of a fictional being—is more real than the woman. The “woman”, although she appears to be human, is a humanoid robot (Ishiguro 2007) created by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University.