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Rainbow Chrysalis gets its name from the caterpillar/butterfly cocoon stage, when the creature is stationary but alive. Hess commented that the peice was not supposed to represent anything specific but rather a kinetic cloth. He uses color to give the work kinetic energy with the slats changing from dark to light and light to dark depending on the viewer’s angle. Vertical stripes, the folding and unfolding, as well as the work being mounted off the wall to float add top the illusion of movement and dimensionality.
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Medium type: Unknown
Date created: 1993
Dimensions: 8' x 5' x 4"
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