Customarily, when an artist constructs a life-sized statue of someone, the intention is to keep the form as solid as possible, to mimic the human physique. However, internationally revered contemporary artist Diana Al-Hadid's piece called "In Mortal Repose" challenges those conventions. The figure is melting on the pedestal she would otherwise be standing atop.
Al-Hadid's work, though usually architectural, has a common theme that revolves around the fragility of man and his creations. Just as buildings deteriorate, so do humans. She exemplifies the coexistence of creation and destruction by creating large-scale, sturdy pieces that are clearly broken down in some way. In this case, a female figure made of bronze and concrete is trickling down the side of her base.
The Syrian-born artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and her work is currently exhibited at several galleries around the globe including Nasher Sculpture Center
, La Conserva
, and Nevada Museum of Art
Diana Al-Hadid's website