Hollow Torso

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Object Name: 
Hollow Torso
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 101.6 cm, W: 62 cm, D: 35.5 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
Rainey uses the human torso as a sculptural vehicle to address the body and time. He says: “Sometimes I feel like an archaeologist on a dig, and I tap away until an idea is revealed. The sculptures are fragments that were once coherent and complete, until time reduced them.” He often includes references to the history and mythology of Northern Ireland, where he was born, as well as to recent events. The colorless female figure, Hollow Torso, is constructed from 13 individually cast sections. It symbolizes the transience of the physical body. Although the torso appears strong, even armored, it is still vulnerable, a shell that can be broken. The gray-black pigment rubbed into the surface—the color of X-ray film—underscores the body’s fragility and susceptibility to things that we cannot see.
Heineman, Ben W., Sr. (1914-2012), Source
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Hollow Torso. Colorless glass; grey-black pigment; cast, cut, ground, polished, assembled. Torso of female figure with upraised arms, body divided both horizontally into five sections.
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Glass, Knocking at the Door of Art (2010) illustrated, p. 312; BIB# 115616
If you can't grow em, make em (2008-11-08) illustrated
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 27, 162-163 (fig. 48, plate 57); BIB# 107478
Recent Important Acquisitions, 44 (2002) illustrated, p. 242, fig. 55; BIB# AI64571
A Conversation with Tina Oldknow (2002) p. 17; BIB# AI53874
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2001 (2002) illustrated, p. 12; BIB# AI93571