False Idol

false_idol - 20 percent

This drawing is a symbolic representation of the distortion that comes from making an idol out of another person. The main figure is a woman who is drawn in distorted proportions and as slowly turning into a statue (the face of the woman was taken from a golden statue of King Tutankhamen’s young wife).

Interestingly (at least to me) . . . in this drawing I did not really “draw” the elephant; rather, I erased it. That is, I started by darkening in the entire background, and then (with a putty eraser) I erased an elephant.

Everything in this drawing plays a symbolic role, that points back to the piece’s main theme. Can you figure out the meaning of the different objects?

Size: 18″ x 24″

Drawn: 1996

 

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