gary duehr

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Damages: Close-Ups

These images explore the wounds and amputations inflicted on classic Roman and Greek statuary in museums. Some of the damage is obvious, such as a missing limb or blinded eye. Some of it mars the surface of a torso or spine. And some of it apears mechanical, such as the hole of a missing post.

The statues appear to be survivors of war and personal strife. They become empathetic figures, speaking across time of the trials of being human and of being a civilian or warrior caught up in armed conflict.

Full of feeling, mute, the statues balance suffering with a certain dignity.


Dye prints on aluminum, 8" x 8".