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Maze (from the series Labyrinths and Constellations)

Maze (from the series Labyrinths and Constellations)

Artist: Meridel Rubenstein (American, born 1948)
Date: 1984-1987 (printed 1989)
Medium: platinum-palladium print
Dimensions:
Image: 16 3/16 × 22 15/16 in. (41.1 × 58.3 cm)
Support: 16 3/16 x 22 15/16 in. (41.1 x 58.3 cm)
Mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Ken Terry and Denise Betesh, 2011
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2011.17.1
Description
The labyrinth, a maze-like structure with mythical and mystical associations, is a recurrent theme in Rubenstein’s art. In ancient Greek legend, the Minotaur (a creature combining man and bull) was imprisoned in a labyrinth, though other cultures have used it as a decorative or meditative form. Here, the artist sees the twists and turns of the labyrinth’s path as a road of discovery. By placing its shape on a rumpled bed, she seems to associate the labyrinth with restless nighttime thoughts and the cryptic but revelatory nature of dreams.
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