Ariadne's Lament

American
2009
Elaine Reichek (American)


Dimensions

Height x width: 27 1/2 x 26 1/2 in. (69.9 x 67.3 cm)

Accession Number

2013.87

Medium or Technique

Digital embroidery on linen

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Ariadne, a heroine of Greek mythology, used a ball of thread to help her love Theseus safely enter and exit the labyrinth of the Minotaur, a monstrous part-man/part-bull. Here Reichek combines age-old textile practices with contemporary methods. She digitally embroidered this sample with imagery gathered from internet searches for “Greek culture,” reducing the richness of the ancient world to a series of logos. Mining the meaning of the handmade through the use of technology, she creates a hybrid object – much like the Minotaur himself.

Provenance

2009, consigned by the artist to Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; 2012, sold by Shoshana Wayne Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

The Hayden Collection — Charles Henry Hayden Fund

Copyright

© Elaine Reichek