Multimedia wearable sculpture (reed, bamboo, tissue paper, and various feathers)
“‘Fallen Angel’ Realized” is heavily inspired by Alexandre Cabanel’s 1868 painting “Fallen Angel.” “Falling Angel” depicts Lucifer fuming in silent rage moments after being banished from Heaven. A tensed, muscled arm partially obscures his enraged glare as massive, darkening wings curl behind him. “‘Fallen Angel’ Realized” is my interpretation of the devilish wings framing Lucifer in Cabanel’s creation.
“‘Fallen Angel’ Realized” is not an exact recreation of “Fallen Angel.” Within “Fallen Angel,” Lucifer, a male subject, glares away from the audience as he curls into himself. Replacing the male Lucifer with a female form in this exact same pose would invoke a sense of voyeurism not to be encouraged. Instead, the wings in “‘Fallen Angel’ Realized” are splayed outwards to suggest knowing and less-hidden rage. And, to signal scopophilia rather than voyeurism, the photographs of the piece feature a female subject aware of the audience’s gaze as she stares directly into the camera lens.