In Perfect Stillness, I’ve Found Only Sorrow (2020)

12” x 12” x 1”

plexiglass, galvanized iron, anchor bolts, wire, mirrors, resin, epoxy,

limited edition print

I took the photograph at the heart of this multi-media sculptural piece centers at the annual festival of Moulay Idris, the patron saint of Fez, Morocco in 2005. In the midst of the commotion and disarray as the city erupted in celebration, I met the eye of the man holding his son – I have never forgotten the sense of stasis that overcame me – a sentiment that led to the digital manipulation’s addition of text, as well as the focused coloration. I have never felt comfortable in moments of stillness, always waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop, the next wave to break and crash over moments of calm.

In many ways, this piece is a self-portrait – not only of myself, but of my (adopted) hometown. Relationships with locations – nations, cities, homes – often feel inscribed on the body to me. The city of Fez, Morocco is precisely such a place. The 2005 festival of Moulay Idris stays with me, and the gaze of that unnamed man haunts me, reminding me to perpetually question what, precisely, it is about stillness that brings with it such an unsettling sense of anxious anticipation.

As with all my work, this sculpture is as much about the movement of light and shadow through these pieces as it is about the original photographs themselves. Images here reflect the many angles through which light hits the hardened resin and the variety of shadows cast – an intentional reminder that our perspective is everything.

Available for purchase here.

Published by amandaerogers

AKA Ms. Entropy, Your Lady of Chaos (Theory). Angry academic seeking tenure track gig. Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Colgate University. I'm sarcastic, curse & I probably need a nap.

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