Behind the Shadows
Materials Sandblasted glass, cast glass, bronze, wood
Collection Barbara and Dennis Dubois, Dallas, Texas
This piece is about the anonymous, often poor, makers of Indonesian Shadow puppets .The man in the sculpture is wearing a piece of bent wire in the shape of eyeglasses. When the interviewer for the story I read which was what inspired me asked the master puppet maker why he wore the wire he said it helped him concentrate in order to create the very fine details. In the traditional Wayang Kulit the puppets and the accoutrements such as the fan in the sculpture were made from water buffalo hide and punched and engraved meticulously using very fine engraving and hole punching tools.