Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Emperess' New Clothes


So I don't think I have ever first felt queasy and horrified, followed seconds later with an overwhelming sense of delight and admiration - at least I do not remember ever feeling the way I did when I initially saw this piece - those sensations following each other in such quick succession were new to me. I am quite certain Dongwook Lee wanted to elicit just such a reaction from at least a few amongst his audience.

The beautiful but emotionally pathetic detail on her barely 1" head is forever etched in my mind - try as I might I cannot rid my thoughts of her grotesque loveliness, because quite honestly she is both ugly and beautiful and therefore very naked.

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