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PHANTOM BODIES: THE HUMAN AURA IN ART. Ed. by Mark W. Scala. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, 2015. Published in association with Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. 128 pp. with 70 ills. (20 col.). 28 x 25 cm. ISBN 9780826520890 In English.
Publisher's description: People often feel the presence of someone when no one is there. This may be a way of embodying the fear of the unknown, the ghost under the bed. It may be a near-palpable memory of an absent person, triggered by an article of clothing, a photograph, a scent, an old recording. And it can at rare times be a feeling of immanence, of being close to spirit or divinity. Regardless of the source, the sense of presence-in-absence reinforces a need--which seems hard-wired into the psyche--to experience a human essence outside the body. The exhibition and its accompanying catalog include artworks that indicate such presences through surrogates: shadows, imprints, or masks; objects as mementomori, or as other matter or energy. The title is derived from the phenomenon known as the phantom limb syndrome. Those experiencing this have lost some part of their bodies but feel it to be still present. While it is a source of sensation and frequently pain, the phantom limb here symbolizes the weight of absence, the longing to fill the spaces that accrue through life.at accrue through life.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Several Media
Plans: 71,75
Worldwide Number: 082168
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