Emma (Jade), 2015
17 7/10 × 10 3/5 × 4 7/10 in
45 × 27 × 12 cm
Edition of 5 + 2AP
Emma (Jade) is a new work in Yves Scherer’s sculptural series “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport.” The series consists of digitally modeled and sculpted versions of Emma Watson, the British actress and activist best known for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. In July 2014, Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill ambassador, prominently involved in the launch of the HeForShe campaign, which calls on men to advocate for gender equality and women’s rights globally. While Watson has remained relatively unscathed by the kinds of scandals that have befallen other young Hollywood stars, she has been the victim of myriad online attacks. Roaming souls of the dark web observe her obsessively, threatening to leak nude photos of the actress or to otherwise violate her privacy. Such obsessive interest has made Watson a popular form of clickbait: in 2012 it was estimated that approximately one in eight links to nude images of Watson were attempts to spread viruses or malware.
Emma (Jade) relocates fixation on Watson from the dark web to another history of image making, and depicts the actress as a small, seated nude sculpture. Fabricated to resemble a traditional jade figure, the piece is in fact composed in a pigmented resin used to create a jade simulation, suggesting the kinds of counterfeit objects that are sold daily on Canal Street, neighboring Swiss Institute. As an edition exclusive to Scherer’s exhibition, ‘Honey Moon’, Emma (Jade) offers itself as a souvenir of the beachscape installation. The figurine is a representation of a body that is eclipsed by its unauthorized image.