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The Attraction of Repetition by stillifewithshadow The Attraction of Repetition by stillifewithshadow
An alluring, but ultimately meaningless activity.

Made from guitar strings and nail polish.
7" tall, tile is 4.5" x 4.5"

The photo may not reveal that the man at the bottom, holding up the suit coat and umbrella, is painted with a transparent enamel (top coat), as if he were made of glass.
He is see-through, experiencing the invisibility of he who is, in this case, quite literally outside of the loop.


Any and all critique appreciated. Thanks for looking.

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Given 2008-08-15
The Attraction of Repetition by ~stillifewithshadow. The suggester writes that, "Not only does Eric have a unique art form, his imaginative and fanciful portrayal of life going round and round really conveys exuberance as well as futility." Full view is necessary to see all the details in this one. ( Suggested by cl2007 and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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queenofhaloween Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
thats AMAZING!!!
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:iconoriginalnick:
OriginalNick Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
This is so awesome... I'm trying to see all the detail, but I don't think my eyes adjust to that amount of awsomeness..
=D=D=D
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Martosh Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
i love this
you are great master wire
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daniarwikan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Photographer
:wow:
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Doogsieip Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Aww, I think my favorite is the guy falling out of the ladder with the open umbrella. Guess he decided to take a different route. :P Wonderful job on the piece, 'tis quite the creative and conceptual one. :)
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the-zilla Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist
Wow. I like the figurines so much. They're shiny and sleek! - which of course automatically attracts the simple-minded. :\

I'm not quite sure how to interpret the platform at the top of the ladder, because I don't know the time frame. I have a more literal interpretation, of a rise and a fall in your life/career - you reach the peak of your working ability, but then you soon lose your usefulness to the company as you age out. I also have a more mental/emotional interpretation, where you reach the summit of your social circles through conformity, but then you realise that you haven't really been you at all this whole time, and what's the point of living if you can't live to the fullest, and ...I'm losing coherency.

I liked this piece very much.
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the-zilla Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist
Oh, wait. Repetition. *headpalm* It's a little like Sisyphus and rolling the rock uphill, but not really, because Sisyphus knows his doom. There's a moment of brief joy/exaltation when he's nearing the top and he dares to hope that maybe -maybe this time, he'll get the rock over, and then the rock rolls back down to the bottom and he has to start all over again.

The nonconformist isn't doing anything right now. Should he stay at the sidelines forever or should he launch himself into a perpetual exercise in futility? :\
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stillifewithshadow Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Wow. amazing response. I always liked the character of sisyphus, esp. when discussed by camus, the tragedy of his endless circle is exactly what i'm going for here, only trying to make it seem more attractive, initially. great comparison.

the transparent man, to me, could be taking off his outfit, and accepting his outsider status of invisibility, or approaching with it, holding it up as if to ask "is this how i do it, is this how i be human? Is this what i'm supposed do with my life?"

Either way a sacrifice has been made, hence his christ like pose with arms outstretched (i usually shy away from overt religious symbolism but it can be effective). Whether he is sacrificing his individuality to join the herd/circle, or sacrificing comfort of their pathway and company, for individuality with invisibility. I guess for me it changes based on how optimistic or cynical i am feeling on that particular day.

as for the platform, they might be scared, not wanting to do it each time, the man on the ground has fallen pretty hard, knocked off his feet, maybe it hurts worse each time.
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yssirhc Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
OMG. That's ridiculously awesome. Such craftsmanship. Kudos. =)
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green-meadows Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Writer
you made this with guitar strings and nail polish? woah, thats sooo creative. i love the explanation about the clear wire guy. :) this is great art.
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BlackWingsRnbowTips Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Whoa, that's amazing! Guitar strings and nail polish. who knew?
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alicesh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Wooooooooooooooooow
i love it thats amazing!!
and the description really helps
makes it even better!
(im dim and cant work these things out practically ever)

Keep it up! x
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Trpdnabx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Interface Designer
This is wonderful... And I like your explanation. I wouldn't have gathered that from the photo like you may see in person. I agree it is important detail to share, that enhances ones interpretation.
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resurgida Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Student Photographer
This is such a great piece! :aww:
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Vampir-maniac Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's really something different! love your material choice :)
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dA-BoOzer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Photographer
WOW!! THATS NICE! =D
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honest-hArt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Writer
amazing, you really put a lot of work into it :highfive:
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maxi703 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
you make them just because you like to or you make them for sale?

anyway this is an awesome work...you got skills
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stillifewithshadow Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
i do sell them when i'm done, but i make them for the process and to get some of my ideas out there.
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maxi703 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
question answered :faint:
i should read the artists comments all the way and then ask
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Aloneisfree-chan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
wowy
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IloveRiku987 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
that's soooo COOL i love it ^^ great Job
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seystudios Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional
This is amazing! :-D I truly am impressed!
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SecretAdmirerPlz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
I love it!
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playdough-princess Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
guitar string and nail polish? That's so creative... second of all--- I love the idea and meaning behind this;)
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kaya01 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
this is sooo creative and unusuall work... well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
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aslix Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap:
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Highwind-Valor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Student General Artist
I love it@
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JanuaryVictim Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
You made that out of guitar strings and nial polish?
*is in awe*
:)
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WormsMed Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Reminds me of Fallen Art by Tom Baginski.
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stillifewithshadow Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
i watched it today and really liked it, great reference! I see what you mean about that long rickety tower in the beginning. Quite similar.
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Toxiic-Raiinbow Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Photographer
Very nice.
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schwarz-flugel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Haha, wow, that is awesome!
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St-CrazyKing Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Traditional Artist
waaoow thats so creativ, i even can see there faces but the body and everything give me the funny expression of them

thats a real art xD
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Mystery-of-Brenna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Student Writer
I'd have this on my desk any day!
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Nightshade-Black Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
SOO COOL!
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chibichobit Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's just, amazing.

Guitar strings and nail polish? That's all? You're quite talented.

Not to mention I love the composition and the angle.
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BLTsalade Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
cool
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isi-on-guitar Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
this so very adorable. and, .. you used guitar strings. this alone is simply great! :glomp:
they truly look awsome and I love the idea. a wonderful work of art!
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:iconilliyun:
illiyun Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
very creative and nice :)
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:iconfieldmouse:
fieldmouse Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Guitar strings... and nail polish?

Holy shit you're a genius.
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dollmaker88 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is a very indepth piece.
My favorite wire man is the one that jumps from the latter. Having him suspended in air is just so clever.
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:iconcl2007:
cl2007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
excellent portrayal of the daily grind...;-)
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youxarexbeautiful Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Very interesting items to use. =P Nice piece.
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worksforme Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
This is probably my favorite piece from you i've ever seen. Spectacular job =)
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