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Pierre Sernet
F019, Nigerian, Terracotta - Photograph of African Terracotta Figure Face

2003

$8,500

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Pierre Sernet's F019, Nigerian, Terracotta is a Large 61 x 50 inches Giclée Print. It is framed. The image is a close-up photograph of a sculpture from a Nigerian Terracotta, only the face can be seen. The artwork is part of the “Face” series, where Pierre Sernet explores cultural differences and similarities by looking at individual faces around the world in an unexpected way. Instead of taking photographic portraits of human subjects directly, Sernet concentrates his attention on the ultimate representation of Man around the world and throughout history: sculptures of Man, by Man. By taking extreme close-ups depicting the facial expressions of statuary of differing, yet recognizable peoples from across the globe, Sernet reduces these iconic representations down to their simplest common denominator by stripping them of their ornamentation and cultural trappings. Of each face Sernet willingly captures only the two eyes, the nose and the mouth, almost as using a mathematical formula. This causes each image to take on a surprising similarity that transcends ethnic and cultural boundaries. The result is a series of faces that show the communality of Mankind throughout place and time, whether it is a Chinese lacquered Buddha, African terracotta, Egyptian Granite, French Bronze, American or Ancient Roman Marble staring down intensely at the viewer. Related Keywords: Nigerian Sculpture, Close-Up, Terracotta Sculpture

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