The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Death of the Virgin

Death of the Virgin’s intestines were modeled to resemble the curvature that women’s intestines conform into when they are pregnant. To magnify the inside out/upside down nature of this work, I felt an atypical steel armature was needed to cantilever its top-heavy weight. This work introduces a multi part, engineered mainframe in my process, an aspect       that has allowed for much more formal distortion. The mainframe also allows me to graft          cultural symbols as hollow shells or solid substances, providing a greater range to the material and symbolic pathos I try to twist forth as a viewer walks around a whole.

85x50x30 inches
Wood, steel, expandable foam, high density foam, aquaresin, reinforced plaster, wax, ink, aluminum, bronze silicone
Year Created: 
2006
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