Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray's 2001 piece 'Empire' is an excellent example of a varied use of perspective which distorts balance. She distorts the viewers perception by showing us both the tops and bottoms or the stacked mugs as well as a skewed view of the table top. Murray comments on her work, "You’re posing problems for yourself. It’s kind of like a battle of you against you, and you are trying to figure it out. And that’s when it gets painful." Thus Murray uses varied perspectives not only to peak interest in the viewer but more so to create a deeper level of involvement and analysis--creating a higher level of engagement with the work.

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