Trophy Wives 

Sexual politics on display....

In today’s world, male-female relationships are under scrutiny as we struggle to understand the dark side of attraction and desire in a post-feminist world. The president speaks of women as objects to be groped.  Every day another powerful man tumbles from a pedestal due to his unwanted sexual behavior.  And yet, in another corner of our culture websites cater to young women who want to offer themselves as objects, arm candy to wealthy men in exchange for money, travel, and tuition.  The underbelly of the sexual connection is exposed, where the constructs of emotional relationship have been usurped by male entitlement, violence, and complex economic negotiations by both sexes. 

A nude bust of an extremely attractive woman, mounted like taxidermy, hangs from the wall. Animal horns come out of her head. Some of the busts have exaggerated breasts, checks and lips.  They have expensive earrings and necklaces. 

Beside the bust is a photo of the rich older ‘sugar daddy’ that bagged her,  poised like a big game hunter. Below them is a taxonomy label with details about both of them.  

The works suggest a gender politics dialogue between the man and woman with overtones of sexual enslavement and violence. The attractive young woman has found it more lucrative to leverage her beauty as economic capital than to earn wealth herself.  The rich sugar daddy seeks to overcomes his old age and self-image problems and to show off to his peers by bagging a status symbol of a young sexually attractive woman.


“Trophy Wife: Heather"; “Trophy Wife: Sabrina"; “Trophy Wife: Nicole"

Life-size fiberglass mannequin, resin animal horns. Size: 17 ½” W x 48” H

Ink-jet print & frame. Size: 27 3/8” W x 33 /8” H  

Edition of 5 plus 1 AP  $10,000/each


Click here to watch a video by Eric Minh Swenson about the works and the artist making them.