One of the five works in Marina Abramović's Five Stages of Maya
Five Stages of Maya Dance consists of five alabaster portraits of Marina Abramović that merge performance, light and sculpture. These sculptures in alabaster show the possibilities of working with a translucent material using tone as relief to produce optical effects in the viewer´s eye.
Photographs of Marina Abramović were processed and adapted to CNC milling.
The portraits are the result of a number of visits to the workshop, experiments with 3D scanning and some innovative thoughts about the ephemeral and the permanent.
The sculptures have a hauntingly physical presence but as you move around the pieces they decompose into intricately carved ‘landscapes’ of alabaster. The relationship between surface and image needs to be constantly re-established; the artist is physically present in this subtle play of light and stone.
Marina Abramovic, Five Stages of Maya Dance, 2013
The Five Stages of Maya Dance on display in the Capela de Gràcia in Alaior © Factum Arte
The series of five alabaster portraits of Marina Abramović is currently on long-term display in Alaior, Menorca, as part of LôAC - Alaior Contemporary Art.
LôAC is the result of an agreement between the town of Alaior and private art collectors. From June 17th 2021, over 140 contemporary art works from private collections will be on loan for a minimum of three years.