Lee Bontecou ( American, 1931 )
A metal construction covered with canvas fragments, held in place by sutures of copper wires, thrusts out from the wall. Peering into the opening reveals only a deep, mysterious darkness. The piece may suggest qualities of a jet engine, a bandaged eye, or the mouth of a volcano. In 1963 Lee Bontecou said, “[My] goal was to build things that express our relation to this country—to other countries—to this world—to other worlds—in terms of myself.” Only later did she say that the imagery of her early projects, such as this one, was a response to the threat of war and global destruction that she felt in the early 1960s.