American, born 1951
Heide Fasnacht (American, born 1951)
Graphite dust suspended in matte medium on wood
65 1/2 x 64 x 37 1/2 inches
Purchase with funds from the Lannan Foundation
The daughter of a tool-and-die maker, Heide Fasnacht grew up in suburban Cleveland and recalls her fondness for the nearby factory areas, which contributed to her love of machine-made and industrial objects. To make this sculpture, she stacked sheets of plywood then coated the exterior with graphite to give it a mechanical, metallic feel. Fasnacht titled this sculpture Viewmaster in reference to optical instruments such as stereoscopes, microscopes, and binoculars. The sculpture’s shape—resembling a torso, heart, or phallic form—stems from her interest in the complex mechanics of the body and its organs, while also suggesting the body’s limitations.
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