'The Sleep'

Autin Wright

1996 - metal: aluminum

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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.

About the Work
About the Work
metal: aluminum
overall: 31 in x 98 in x 6 in
model in clay and sand cast; primer- DuPont Variprime, top coat- Roman Lamp Black
Edition, 1/5
Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
The Sleep by Autin Wright

© Artist or Artist's Estate, photo: David W. Steele

  • The Sleep by Autin Wright