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Granulo-Specular Chiaroscuro Meta-Morph (Alchemic Copper)

Artist
Barry X Ball
Year
2012-2022

Progressing materially and structurally from elemental metal to refined copper, alternately polished and matte, a portrait formed from a panoply of elements germane to the subject’s life and stature, linked by a dense curvilinear network of freely-conceived hyper-Baroque tendrils, emerges. Visible through and on the lacy, knotted, swirling matrix that comprises the head, neck, and miter is a symbolic significant-figure-and-object array, replete with a pair of reduced-scale busts depicting the late subject, respectively, in old and middle age.

poet, playwright, author, student, athlete, linguist, librarian, messenger, laborer, seminarian, priest, doctor, professor, traveler

Vicar, Successor, Head, Primate, Metropolitan, Sovereign, Bishop, Archbishop, Pontiff, Pope

a complex life ➔ a corresponding sculpture ➔ a virtual tour de force