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Michael Maher's avatar Michael Maher

I have created a multimedia work of art using ink on etched pieces of glass. The work incorporates wood frames that are integrated into the piece directly and with the use of shadow. The figures on the glass and the silhouette of the frame create a unified image by themselves and again, with the shadow on the adjacent wall. I use the widely recognizable image of Da Vinci's Vitruvean man, and created a similar Vitruvean woman, to represent the idealized, proportionate male and female body. The forms are intenionally simple, faint and two dimensional. The transparency of the glass enhances the lack of depth and hollowness of the quixotic pursuit associated with body image. The barren trees are used to balance the paradigm of health with a sense of impending mortality and highlight the current human fallacy that, when striving for his ideal, man can somehow exist separate from the natural world. When one shines a light on our physical selves what they often see is no more than shadows.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: mixed
  • Width: 4 feet 4 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 4 feet 4 inches