Jun 22, 2005

"Sadness beyond imagination" [LINK]

From explanatory text accompanying the exhibit "mother's 2000-2005 — traces of the future" by the artist Miyako Ishiuchi, one of the participants in the Vienna Biennale:

These photographs, including "portraits" of chemises and girdles, seem to embody the will of the person who wore them. There are also images of several partially-used tubes of lipstick in different colors, a comb with hair still stuck in it, false teeth and wigs, and close-ups of plants and skin. Ishiuchi carefully selected a variety of "things" left by her mother as a way of quietly observing their relationship, which she reports as discordant, and contemplating a "sadness beyond imagination."

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