Exhibition: THE SOCRATES ANNUAL 2018
SWORD IN THE SPHINX & CUT COPY SPHINX,
SWORD IN THE SPHINX:
Steel, resin, concrete, enamel paint; 42 x 14 x 48 inches
Virginia Lee Montgomery presents SWORD IN THE SPHINX, a resin-cast copy of a popular garden sculpture of Madame de Pompadour, a member of the 18th century French court, embedded with an artist-smithed sword. A companion video, CUT COPY SPHINX, viewable below expands on the piece’s themes of myth, reproduction, destruction, power, and ambiguity.
CUT COPY SPHINX:
4K digital video, 3 minutes 30 seconds, 2018
CUT COPY SPHINX is a surreal, sculptural short art-film about metaphysics, myth, and destruction. A feminist twist on the classical myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx, CUT COPY SPHINX recasts the sphinx as the uncanny hero who endures 'cuts' across time. Shot en plein aire on a miniature prop-set with real materials like a Dewalt drill, a gallon of honey, and imagery of an often-copied 18th century garden sphinx, CUT COPY SPHINX is a conceptual art-film syncing philosophy, feminism, and image theory. The film is hand-made; directed, edited, scored, and performed by Texas / New York artist, Virginia Lee Montgomery.
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Photography by Virginia Lee Montgomery
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