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Four on the Floor, Observed

Karen Bondarchuk's avatar Karen Bondarchuk

This work addresses issues of sustainability and the fraught relationship between animals and humans. The sculptures are made from blown-out tire scraps retrieved from the ditches of Interstate 94 in Michigan. The material reinforces both the deathly prostration of these birds and the faltering automobile industry, as many families pick up the pieces of their lives after layoffs and plant closures. The human scale of the prone sculptures is a reminder of our own mortality and vulnerability, while also evoking a cyclical sense of life and death in that the dead material is given new life and form. The large-scale drawing (its eye a portal) suggests the degree to which these creatures are “bigger than us,” that is, ultimately incomprehensible.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 30
  • Medium: mixed media
  • Width: 20
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 8