Indigenous clay, candles, 5 life-size figures (1996)
My inspiration has come both from the ancient world and the
natural world. A visit to Pompeii last summer served as a
catalyst for a piece that combined images from ancient art
with a specific site. The piece was composed of five life
size clay figures placed in an Etruscan stone cistern illuminated
by candlelight. This work, located in the countryside near
Cortona, Italy, is entitled "Intrappollati!" The
piece was not kiln fired and as the clay decomposes it will
become part of the natural landscape.
This piece was
inspired by a visit to Pompeii, a site where people were similiarly
trapped when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. For my solo exhibition,
the figures were dramatically illuminated at night by 70 candles.
(1) Two of five life-size figures;
(2) One of the life-size figures;
(3) Site of the installation;
(4) Site of the installation: an ancient cistern in Cortona, Italy;
(5) Opening night reception in Cortona, Italy.
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