Meredith Monk
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Meredith Monk 1985
  • Artist Rooms
Meredith Monk is a composer, performer, film-maker and interdisciplinary artist. As she said of herself: "I work in between the cracks, where the voice starts dancing, where the body starts singing, where theater becomes cinema". Mapplethorpe has chosen to show her head in profile, silhouetted against a circular form, as if it were a halo. As in so many of his works, Mapplethorpe has turned to the Catholic iconography of the saints to elevate his sitter.

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Iconography

The study of the content of a work of art rather than its formal qualities. It also refers to the symbols associated with a person or movement.

Silhouette

Images showing an outline with no internal detail set against a contrasting background. It is specifically used for portraits of this type cut from paper.

Iconography, Silhouette

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00202
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 37.20 x 37.40 cm (framed: 50.80 x 40.60 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008