If you did a double take, let’s take a look and figure out what’s real and what’s fake.
Duane Hanson made lifelike sculptures of everyday Americans from his neighborhood and community in Miami, Florida.
For this sculpture, called Woman with Dog, Hanson made plaster casts of a woman’s body and filled them with plastic. Next he painted the figure. He included real and fake hair and used plastic eyes.
Hanson often included things people sometimes want to hide, such as wrinkles, bumps, and scars on their skin. He added real clothes and objects around them to complete their story. The postcards and letter that the woman is reading are real, so are her dress and slippers. OK, check out what else she’s wearing that’s real.
Hanson made the dog of ceramic and real dog hair clippings from his cousin’s pet poodle. The dog’s collar is real too.
Now you’ve used your eyes to scrutinize this woman with dog, think about what it’s like to be looked at like this!
“It doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.”