Small Seated Figure on Iron Frame II
Maker and role
Artist: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish, 1930-2017
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I choose it with my hands. I shape it with my hands.
My hands transmit my energy to it.
- Magdalena Abakanowicz
Imagine the artist pressing burlap soaked with resin into a mold and using her hands to shape this sculpture. Using this process, Magdalena Abakanowicz creates multiples of the same figure, but no two are exactly alike. Notice the earthy brown color and creased texture of the burlap, like tree bark or wrinkled skin. Delicately placed on top of a wire frame, the genderless figure appears naked, exposed, and vulnerable. The care and compassion Abakanowicz puts into creating each work of art is a response to the violence and trauma she experienced living in Poland during World War II.