Charles Ray makes sculptures
that question how we see the human body, our sense of size and space, and what is real and fake. Puzzle Bottle
is a precisely-scaled wooden model of the artist, assembled inside a corked bottle. Ray worked with a craftsperson
to make a puzzle portraying his body in small pieces of painted wood that were put together inside the bottle, the same way that a traditional model ship in a bottle is made. The sculpture invites us to consider not only how that tiny figure got there, and how it takes up space within the bottle, but also how our own bodies fill up space in the world.