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Photo of the Week 203
"Stripped (Essence)"

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Ancient statue, yes, but it kind of looks like a mob kill too, doesn't it? The New York version of the Colombian necktie: transfix the rat in cement, set a precedent. I mean, look at the way this man moves. It seems as if he is actually plowing his way through quickly drying cement. Why is this man walking like this? What possessed the artist all those centuries ago, to depict this man on such a strenuous journey?

I abide by the motto 'the more you look the more you see' (Robert M. Pirsig), especially for this Photo of the Week project (see episode 129), but no matter how much I look, I don't see the answer to my question (I do however end up with more questions, like 'What's that on the side of his left leg?' and 'What did one have to do, or not do, in those days, to have ones genitals covered by a fig leaf?').

Perhaps the question is wrong. Perhaps I jump to conclusions too easily. What if he is not walking at all? Look at the position of what is left of his arms. Imagine what they might have been doing. Something athletic maybe? Throwing punch? Stabbing a sword? Wielding a spear?

Funny thing isn't it? This man may have been executing a particularly agile and dexterous move, while transfixed it just looks like he has aged way before his time.

Yet again, why, if you are the sculptor, take such agility and transfix it like this? Did he not step back, look, and see that he had stripped the moment of its essence? Or did he purposefully do so?

The more I look the further away from answers I seem to get. But somehow my affinity for the model increases by the minute, which cannot be said for the sculptor.

Text by: Peter-Jan Vermeij
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