• Image of 'Cuckooed'
  • Image of 'Cuckooed'

Infant formulas are a convenience item, supplemented or 'humanised', to make it nutritionally closer to human milk. It is recorded in nursing history that during the 1920s, more and more products were persuasively advertised to the nurses, in their role as intermediary between good and bad health. In 1933, 'Trufood Limited' was recorded as having ran 'The Diary of Nurse Bennett'; a nun-like, looking nurse, alongside images of babies of great beauty and bigness.

But the truth that lies behind our friend 'Cuckooed' and his sibling 'Cuckoo' is hidden in the symbolic wearing of their horns.

The metaphorical use of horns refers to the term 'cuckold', which historically refers to 'a symbol of unawareness and suffering the infidelity of a partner'. Satirical tales, such as Chaucer's 'Miller's Tale', along with several of Shakespeare's poems make reference to the failure of characters, who may suspect they had become a cuckold. Illustrated by the wearing of horns as an 'embarrassingly direct' reference to one's inability to control their partner, the provocative symbol of horns reference defeated stags, who are forced to give up their mates to the new alpha male.

'In evolutionary biology, the term 'cuckold' is also applied to males who are unwittingly investing parental effort in offspring that are
not genetically their own', as witnessed through female cuckoo's who lay their eggs in other birds' nests.

Referring to Freudian analysis and cuckold fetishism, in which Freud defines the fetishist as eroticizing fears of infidelity and the failure of sexual competition and procreation, it is clear that these siblings have a sexually dominant mother, known as a 'Cuckoldress'. Should the role to be reversed, a female submissive would be referred to as a 'Cuckquean' and would seek pleasure both from the act of being humiliated and by giving pleasure to her lover(s).

Source references:
'New Directions in Nursing History: International Perspectives'
edited by Susan McGann, Barbara Mortimer

Dimensions: H 70cm x W 29cm x D 21cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage Follow On Trufood Tin,
Vintage Wheel,
Vintage Patty tin,
Vintage Flan tin,
Vintage Cake Tin,
Vintage Jelly Mould,
Pair Roe Deer Horns,
4 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Golf Ball Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

Please be advised:

Though these assemblage sculptures contain vintage doll components that may have once been played with by children, this piece is not a toy to be played with.

As with all bulbs, they get hot! I use low 15 wattage bulbs on each piece but the bulbs still shed heat, so be advised to display your piece in a suitable location.

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