DECADE Theme Preview: Psychology of Space
Day 5: Mona Hatoum’s + and -
In the sculpture + and -, Mona Hatoum creates a constantly changing landscape as a rotating toothed metal arm simultaneously marks and smooths the surface of a disk of sand. This work not only serves as a statement of the artist’s own displacement and resettlement, but is also a larger metaphor of the temporariness of our existence in the world.
IMAGE: Mona Hatoum (British of Palestinian origin, born 1952). + and -, 1994–04. Steel, aluminum, sand, and electric motor, edition AP, 10 5/8 x 157 1/2 x 157 1/2 inches (27 x 399.4 x 399.4 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. General Purchase Funds, 2007. © 2004 Mona Hatoum.