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Mark A. Maxey

SMU, BFA 2017

Duality of the Self

Resin, bronze powder, 2015, 6"w x 10"h x 6"d

Friedrich Nietzsche speaks of the “dual nature of man,” in which humanity contains a fundamentally fractured consciousness, one segment that is directly in tune with our animal nature and another portion that strives to define humanity as something more than the primal instincts that drive us. This mask reflects my opinions regarding this somewhat Apollonian and Dionysian struggle—that the true identity we present the world is raw, scarred and harsh, while the inner self is idealized in such a way that it does not reflect the reality of our existence.

Mark A. Maxey - Duality of the Self

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