Bettina Landgrebe, Beaten with a Hammer, 2011. Cellulose-based plaster-like material, red archival felt-tip pen, and red filament, 3.25 x 3.25 x 4.5 in.

Bettina Landgrebe

Marfa, Texas

Chinati Foundation

Beaten with a Hammer, a multimedia installation by Bettina Landgrebe, offered a poignant and powerful elegy for the nearly 1,000 women who have been brutally tortured and murdered in the borderlands around Juárez, Mexico, since 1993. Part of the Chinati Foundation’s Open House Weekend, the installation appeared at the unlikely venue of Big Bend Coffee Roasters. Consisting of 576 white plaster-like models of human hearts, 476 of which were suspended from the ceiling by thin red filaments, Beaten with a Hammer formed a cloud-like shape whose individual elements only became recognizable on close inspection. A woman’s name, age, year of death, and cause of death were hand-printed in red paint on each heart. …see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.