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The sense of connection between the immaterial realm and the material one that has haunted art-making since its beginnings. No matter what medium or approach an artist takes, there is an implicit hope of earthly and spiritual intersection. As far back as the classical world, Pliny writes about the origins of drawing in these terms, crediting its origins to a lover who traces the shadow of the beloved as a hedge against loss. From holy relics in the Middle Ages to Surrealism's embrace of the "found object" as a pivot between the conscious and the unconscious, this obsession remains a deeply embedded value. Early modernist Wassily Kandinsky called it the search for "significant form."
By Patricia Rosoff
November 6, 2013