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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 )
queenofhaloween Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
thats AMAZING!!!
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..
Martosh Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
i love this
you are great master wire
daniarwikan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Photographer
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. :)
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.
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? :\
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.
yssirhc Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
OMG. That's ridiculously awesome. Such craftsmanship. Kudos. =)
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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