The miserable world of Magdalena Abakanowicz
It's coming to Chicago ! The sad world of Magdalena Abakanowicz (shown here in this revealing photograph by Zbigniew Bzdak of the Chicago Tribune)
What are the descriptive words that one could associate with this Polish woman's world ?
repulsive -- stiff --- cluttered -- menacing -- disorienting --- despair -- misery
Can one, single positive feeling be listed ?
"I am making a statement about nature and our consciousness" she said to the Tribune reporter "People who never went through war will associate this with a shell, or like a forgotten garment" "
But this looks more like a statement about HER consciousness -- coming from her personal history as a child of war-torn Poland -- and she stands there awkward, stiff, and assertive -- like just one more of her headless zombies.
The world has made her miserable -- and she -- in turn -- has made a miserable world of her own.
That's O.K. -- we should all be allowed to express ourselves.
But why does this piece of misery have to be on our beautiful lakefront -- where I think we go to get away from the ugliness of the rest of the city --- don't we ?