|Maureen Cummins, Anatomy of Insanity (2001-2008)|
|Diagnosis: Old Age|
The translucent pages, which Cummins also meticulously printed to look like graph paper, are made from Trace 51, a heavy-weight type of tracing paper. Using this paper allows the viewer to see beyond the first page and into the ones beneath it, as seen above with the birds perched on the shoulders of a man behind the one we see. These layers can have a startling effect, from the birds and snakes (seen right) that can appear to be devouring the skeleton to the above birds that can appear inside the man's ear. They can also be used to bring the diagnosis upfront, hiding the patient's image behind it. The image of the woman above appears muted, blurry almost, as she is hidden beneath the page announcing her illness as "Hysteria, Old-Maidism" placed almost like a censor bar (or, perhaps, an arrow) right between her legs.
Cummins's Anatomy of Insanity is a part of the CBA's main exhibition, Fine & Dirty. You can see it, as well as many others (including everything in our past Wednesday Exhibitions!) until the exhibition closes this Saturday on March 31st, 2012. As always, admission to our exhibits is free, so stop on by Monday-Saturday and see them before they're gone!
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