The Soul Leaving The Body


Diana Shpungin exhibition at Smack Mellon

Diana Shpungin, The Soul Leaving The Body, 2022
 hand-applied graphite pencil on abaca, raffia ribbon, metal, and wood
18 x 13 x 48 inchesA custom handmade graphite abaca paper balloon is unceremoniously attached to the wall with its string draping down creating a drawing line, at the end of which is a sickle; a symbol often associated with agriculture, the grim reaper, and communism. The air or breath in the balloon remains in spite of the weight trying to pull it down. 
photography: Etienne Frossard