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Height: 33" (84 cm)
Technique: Lost wax process
Edition size: 350+35 EA
Year: Conceived in 1980
First Cast: 1980
References: Descharnes, Dali: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects. Eccart, 2004. Pg. 255 ref. 655
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This woman, almost entirely composed of flames, combines two of Dali's favourite obsessions: fire, and a female figure interspersed with drawers. Dali found flames fascinating because they seem to have a life of their own, exerting an almost hypnotic influence on the observer. The flames also represent the erotic impulses of the female figure. Dali once explained this figure as a Freudian outgrowth of the natural curiosity of children to investigate enclosed spaces, both in order to satisfy the desire to know what these spaces contain, and to exorcise the fear that what is unknown may be harmful. Freud explained that drawers are a representation of the concealed sexuality of women. Dali portrays many of the drawers to be slightly ajar, indicating that their secrets are known and no longer to be feared. Two crutches rise from the figure, symbolizing a blend of authority, stability and sexual power.