August 24, 2005

Shredded Steel Wool on Wood #3

Posted in Critical at 11:06 pm by Ian

In this study, the artist contrasts the smooth and natural grain of the wooden table with the rough and jumbled strands of steel to make a statement about the triumph of nature over the infirmities of technology. The placement of the steel above the wood implies both a mastery over and a reliance upon the natural order. The steel itself is stressed and twisted, rent by the ferocious jaws of the artist herself. She celebrates her bestial victory over manufacturism, placing this frayed icon upon a pedestal for all to see.

Expect big things from this up and comer as she moves into other media, including Toilet Papier-Mâché and Hair on Cotton.



  1. Dad said,

    The deft arrangement of the coffee cup lid at the top lends a cyclopsian air to the composition.

  2. Ian said,

    Actually, the more discerning art critic will realize that that is an Ikea brand food storage container resting on its lid, suggesting an odinic reference.

  3. Dad said,

    Ah, “discerning art critic” and “Ikea” in the same sentence. Still, the ambiguity generated by including only a portion of the object in the frame is an interference by the photographer, not properly part of the artist’s composition.

  4. Ian said,

    That’s a valid criticism. To correctly deconstruct this piece, we must also consider the artistic eye behind the camera.

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