16 Barbs to the Back.
Photographs and artist book by Smith Eliot.
self-published, Portland, USA, 2010. Hinge pp., 3 different, stationary images. Hangs on wall..

Publisher's Description

16 Barbs to the Back is a photo collage box that explores the transient nature of relationships. The overturned ladder symbolizes a personal upset, and a bloodline escapes from a pierce in the main figure’s back.

On the right hand side of the box is another figure, separated from the main subject by an impenetrable closet; the front of the closet displays part of Pablo Neruda’s “Soul Clenched,” which is about a love lost.

The window in the very front of the box features fingers holding a quill and the window is encircled by 16 wooden barbs. The inside of the front door is sculpted with paper maché and then painted in acrylic media.


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