Recently a friend sent me a wonderful video featuring Picasso's "Guernica." (A mural depicting the bombing of the town and citizens during the Spanish Civil War.) Feeling the impact of "Guernica" got me thinking about how art can reach into us in so many ways. I remembered an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum a few years back with a sculpture that still haunts me with its beauty and ambiguity.
The artist's name is Do-Ho Suh and the piece that came to mind was a stunning sculpture titled, "Some/One." As I walked into the room where the piece was featured, I was taken with the monumental size and simplicity of this Asian emperor style robe and how beautifully it shimmered. There was a grace to the form and the way it arced around the floor as I approached from the back to the front of the piece. (Please double click on images for enlargements.)
Upon closer observation, I noticed layers - like armor plate. When I was even closer still, I realized what I was looking at and it startled me. The robe was entirely made of military dog-tags. I was stunned. Suddenly the sculpture took on another meaning, another dimension. I have never forgotten the image and the impact it had on me.
As you look at the images what feelings does it conjure up? How would you interpret the title, "Some/One?"
When you face the front of the sculpture, the robe is open and the form underneath is made with mirrors.
You can see yourself imposed on the form. In your opinion, what was the artist asking us to consider?
Is there a work of art that haunts your memory? Why do you think that is?