Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mona Hatoum | Rubber Mat

Mona Hatoum
Rubber Mat
New York City, USA: New Museum, 1996
58.4 x 78.7 x 1.3 cm
Edition of 35 signed, dated and numbered copies

"In Hatoum's work, carpets refer at once to Minimalist floor sculptures, Muslim prayer rugs, and commonplace domestic furnishings. Rubber Mat combines these associations with another of the artist's foremost preoccupations: the human body. With its pattern of intestines, this work turns the body inside out, bringing its deepest recesses to the surface. While the work's supple surface is appealing, Hatoum notes that Rubber Mat also "looks like entrails splayed out all over the floor, as if it's the aftermath of a massacre. There’s a kind of attraction/repulsion operating here."
- MoMA.org

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