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Title

Daedalus A Gain

1980

Artists

Anna Paci

Italy

1940 –

Giorgio Colombo

Italy

1934 –

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  • Details

    Date
    1980
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    22 gelatin silver photographs
    Dimensions
    40.5 x 50.6 cm each photograph
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r.corner verso [each photograph, except number 12], pencil "Paci Colombo ...". Not dated.
    Signed l.r.corner verso [photograph number 12], pencil "Colombo ...". Not dated

    Credit
    Gift of the artists 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    162.1999.a-v
    Artist information
    Anna Paci

    Works in the collection

    7

    Artist information
    Giorgio Colombo

    Works in the collection

    7

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  • About

    This series of 22 photographs (read from top left to right) documents an installation by Italian born artists Anna Paci and Giorgio Colombo, during an artist in residency at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth. Like many of their previous collaborations the installation references Greek mythology. In this instance it is used as a metaphor for the creative process, as the title and subject matter of the work is based on the story of the Greek mythological artisan Daedalus. Apart from inventing carpentary tools and statues, he also created a Labyrinth to lock away the half man, half beast called Minotaur. Daedalus and his son Icarus were ultimately imprisoned themselves within the Labyrinth, where the ingenious father created wings from feathers and wax and the two escaped. However, the young Icarus flew too close to the sun, the wax melted and he fell into the sea to his death.

    Paci and Colombo's installation alludes to the idea of the "artist as a prisoner of his/her work." This idea is quite literally explored in the myth, as Daedalus is imprisoned in an object of his own construction, the Labyrinth. In these images the rock can be read as symbolising the earth, the Labyrinth and Daedalus' sculpture. The thawing ice references the melting wax of Icarus' wings, while the patterning it creates on the glass through light and reflection may figuratively suggest the seas of the world. These literal elements are suffused with other suggestions. As the ice melts the artist (Daedalus) is closer to freedom and his son to death. In this way the implicit violence (or death) at the conclusion of the story is overshadowed. Subtle time-based elements like the melting ice are used in Paci and Colombo's translation to create an evocative and speculative site for contemplation.

  • Bibliography

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