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The Line - 3 Parts

The Line - 3 Parts

Artist: Madelin Coit (American, born 1943)
Date: 2003
Medium: 1/8 inch bronze rod and shadow
Dimensions:
Total for three parts: 60 in. (152.4 cm)
Shadow: variable
a: 3 1/8 × 22 × 3 7/8 in. (7.9 × 55.9 × 9.8 cm)
b: 3 × 16 1/2 × 4 1/4 in. (7.6 × 41.9 × 10.8 cm)
c: 2 1/8 × 20 1/4 × 4 in. (5.4 × 51.4 × 10.2 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Madelin Coit, 2013
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2013.15a-c
Description
Santa Fe-based artist Madelin Coit often works with language, humor and irony in her work, often as a strategy of eliciting an emotional response to a poignant circumstance. In the case of The Line, the phrase she rendered in bronze rod, “The line between sanity and insanity is a dedicated greenbelt, not a line crossed with one step,” is at once amusing and poignant. Coit was responding to a friend’s situation of being periodically institutionalized for mental illness. In this statement, Coit uses the metaphor of landscape to speak to the gray areas of psychological well-being, to guide the viewer to visualizing what that precarious position can be for the mentally ill. The piece also speaks to the cyclical return to the social issue of public policy and mental illness, as has been the case in recent decades with the mentally ill and access to guns, for example. Like an echo, the shadow cast by the phrase acts as an insistence to repeat the phrase to oneself and contemplate its meaning and, at the same time, refers to the Jungian concept of the shadow as a negative aspect of the unconscious.
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