Thursday, April 11, 2013

Backs by Magdalena Abakanowicz (1976-1980)

This work is by far the most advanced and hard dedicated work I have seen in a very long time.
Our artist here managed to create an image of fragmented human bodies, where the skin is as a weaving of linen and resin, which symbolizes loneliness and decay as a basic human condition.

Many different articles tries to describe her work, how it is made, why she made it, and how did she know if she was done, but the artist has expressed it that:


"The face can lie. The back cannot," artist Magdalena Abakanowicz says of her longtime fascination with the human back. But if her sculptural backs tell the truth--or at least talk straight about an aspect of the human condition--she isn't inclined to translate the body language. "Nothing is literal in my art; it is fully metaphoric," she says. "To try to explain it would be to explain it away.


Nevertheless, these 80 different human backs or human trunk if you will expresses something special to me, and I cannot simply let it go without an explanation. I think that this piece speaks to me in the sense of war. Due to the artist's historical content, I believe that these backs resemble humbleness, patience, deprived freedom, and solitude.

It is if the back has been wiped and wiped till there was no more reason to stand up again. Oppressed by "the man" they still remain on the same earth living the same way, so it is like a way to express the questions that depicts why we are living in such a gruesome world, and do you see what we are doing to each other?

Looking into her other artwork (SOURCE 1), one can get a very good depiction of what the artist had in mind, and how she gradually develop her works to different part of the body, and different movements. I strongly encourage a tentative exploration of this artist nor for any specific reason, but I can say that she quickly became one of my favorite sculptors, because she can really spark many different feelings up.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post! This artist is amazing... I found great pictures of Magdalena Abakanowicz in Art Days, here is the link! Enjoy! :)