Inside Outside, Etchings etc.

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Being in constant conversation with the environment has been an obsession of sorts…some of it much thought out and premeditated, others are musings and speculations…yet others simply happen, such as Inside Outside. During my visit to Barcelona, I fell in love with Gaudi’s Sagrada de Familia, despite its many apparent disjointed design directions. While walking down the conch like staircase, I looked at the expanse of the city to spot the Torrre Agbar proudly gleaming above the cityscape in the full glory of its phallic shape!

At the etching studio, in downtown Manhattan, my mentor and master print-maker noted that my work bore a strong erotic element, which by then was not new to me, even though I was still not very comfortable with the notion of sharing it. For a photo etching session, the staircase of Segrada Familia and Torrre Agbar were two transparencies I decided to work with, purely from the standpoint of their abstract design aesthetics. My mentor looked at my selection and nodded knowingly which made me desperately scrounge around for a visual form that would have a bearing outside of the obvious connotation. Thus I juxtaposed the prayer figure icon to the images of the buildings. Photo etched on copperplates, they are two separate plates printed on the same paper. In these images are contrasts of the male and female, “inside” and “outside” in the context of architectural and psychological space. It just happened!

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