Metaphysical Dilemma #8

Media - 1999.57.3 - SAAM-1999.57.3_1 - 65399
Copied Paul Marioni, Metaphysical Dilemma #8, 1987, glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken, 1999.57.3

Artwork Details

Title
Metaphysical Dilemma #8
Artist
Date
1987
Dimensions
height: 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken
Mediums Description
glass
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being — phenomenon — surreal
  • Figure — bust
  • Dress — accessory — hat
Object Number
1999.57.3

Artwork Description

Paul Marioni hopes to inspire his viewers to imagine the story behind Metaphysical Dilemma. He is interested in the potential of dreams to bring unconscious imagery to the surface, and his pieces often portray a mysterious world.

Luce Object Quote

“[My work] is about human nature: what we do, why we do it, how we ornament ourselves, our heroes, historical monuments, humor, sexuality, exotic and lost cultures, spiritualism without religion—a constant questioning.” Paul Marioni, American Craft, 1999