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After the Mona Lisa 2 (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist Details
American
1961-
Medium
Mixed Media
Created
2005
Dimensions
Image (spools of thread):
85 x 87 in.
(215.9 x 221 cm)

About

Devorah Sperber incorporates everyday materials—thousands of spools of thread, pipe cleaners, colored tacks—to reinvent famous works of art. She is interested in exploring the reproduction of images in the digital era, the links between art and technology, and visual perception—how the eye and brain make sense of the visual world. She starts by scanning a reproduction of a painting to create a color-charted map, which she remakes in three dimensions using small objects to mimic the pixels of digital images. In the process she greatly enlarges the original image and turns it upside down. Viewing the work through the acrylic sphere provided by the artist mimics peripheral vision, turning the image right side up and shrinking it to a recognizable size. Sperber explains that in addition to experimenting with perception, she is equally determined “to provide visual experiences that are compelling enough to stand on their own without any explanation.”

tags: optics, reuse, observation, order, problem solving, variation, physics

Images

  • Deborah Sperber After the Mona Lisa 2 2005

    After the Mona Lisa 2 by Devorah Sperber

  • Deborah Sperber After the Mona Lisa 2 2005

    Thousands of spools of thread hang together to form a large replica of the face of Mona Lisa upside down. In front, a slender stand with a small lens focuses the image, flipping and reversing it right side up.

    Thousands of spools of thread hang together to form a large replica of the face of Mona Lisa upside down. In front, a slender stand with a small lens focuses the image, flipping and reversing it right side up.