Inverse Effect

Mark Bleshenski's avatar Mark Bleshenski

I am continuing my exploration into the reshaping of old bottles, found objects and constructions in my artwork. A seesaw is integrated with bottles on each end contorted to represent an emotional gesture. The high end of the seesaw represents privilege, with the gestures standing tall and above the median. In a sub-theme, they are the popular brands. The low end represents despair, with gestures hunching over and falling off. The title, “Inverse Effect”, refers to the weight the destitute carry as a burden on their lives compared to other social classes. There are fewer on the low end of the seesaw, but they still remain on the bottom. This affects their choices for health, education, economics and lifestyle in general. The sculpture is kinetic; the high end can be gently lowered to try to reverse the effect, but on release it will go back to its original position with the deprived on the bottom. Are the destitute chained to a futile trap of despair?

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 12 inches
  • Medium: Mixed media
  • Width: 72 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 36 inches