Sie hatte Flügel.

Sie hatte Flügel.

The context for my wire sculpture comes from the book, The Halo by L. Dale Young. In this book of poetry, the narrator is in a car accident that paralyzes him from the neck down. The poems are written from his hospital bed where describes his body and mental state as broken wings. I took this metaphor and applied it to a personal experience of feeling inadequate and held back due to incontrollable factors in my life.

The wings and skin are made out of thin tissue paper to represent a state of fragileness. The figure hovers above the hands to portray a refusal of acceptance, but also the desire to be independent. The hands represent support from others. They are much bigger than the figure as a symbolic relationship between the two. The use of a contour allows a more abstract interpretation rather than a complete representation of reality.

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