Michele Pred
Veil of Deception
2007
Scissors
20' x 11' (Size variable)
“Veil of Deception” is at once a delicate vision of lightness and a threatening boundary. As the name implies, the curtain-like veil is representative of the psychological and social illusions that prevent one from seeing reality. The veil safeguards our illusions, which are bewitching in their appeal, yet injurious in their deceit. As well, the dangling scissors are perhaps an unconscious recreation of the symbolic sword of Damocles and serve to reinterpret that ancient moral tale: Those who would abuse their power should remain wary of those who would take it from them. “Veil of Deception” draws the viewer to it, and keeps the viewer at arm’s distance out of harm’s way of the scissors sharp points.
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