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Melis Agabigum: When You Told me to “Go Long,” I should have asked “How Far?”

When You Told me to “Go Long,” I should have asked “How Far?”

Melis Agabigum (BFA 2013)

When You Told me to "Go Long," I should have asked "How Far?" explores feelings of being haunted and tethered to the past. It draws inspiration from the poem "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning. The elongated chain and the incorporation of waxed cotton thread subtly allude to the imagery of Browning's dramatic monologue, which describes the tale of a man who responds to the love of a woman by strangling her with her own hair in hopes of preventing her from ever leaving him.

This piece, while acting as a sculptural installation, also functions as a necklace that can be worn. In an effort to symbolize the woman's burden, the necklace either drags behind the wearer or is wrapped around them like a boa constrictor that even in its skeletal form, can still evoke a feeling of being trapped, engulfed, and suffocated.

This work is featured as part of the 2016 Alumni Exhibition: “Horror Vacui”, on display from July 19 - August 6, 2016 at the Argus II Building in Ann Arbor. Check the exhibition page for dates, times, and hours.