1996 - metal: aluminum
This work by Autin Wright is on display in the Water Garden. 'The Sleep' displays four consecutive expressions of a face in the act of going to sleep. Wright emphasizes the lips and one eye in his piece. With this three-dimensional image of time, he shows the lips, as they start to relax, and the eye, as it slowly shuts. Quintessential to his work, Wright's forms are smooth and pure, and his surfaces are simple. In 'The Sleep', his transitions are subtle and natural. There are two meanings that can be extracted from this pwork--the literal definition of sleep and the symbolic connotation of death. The dark surface of the piece helps promote both of these interpretations.