Collection 1880s–1940s

Lygia Clark. The Inside Is the Outside. 1963 584

Stainless steel, 16 x 17 1/2 x 14 3/4" (40.6 x 44.5 x 37.5 cm). Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin

Narrator: Clark called these works “Bichos,” or “critters.”

Curator, Connie Butler: The implication being that these are small beasts or animals or in some way animated and living forms. If you look closely, you'll notice that the Bichos are actually made from hinged metal pieces – some geometric, some circular, and some actually sculpted as if by hand. The Bichos are hinged in order to get movement within the sculptures.

Curator, Luis Perez-Oramas: The Bichos are fundamentally unstable structures. They question the physical certainty of the user, as they are at all moments at the brink of collapsing. They don't have an ideal shape. They don't have front and back. They are fully manipulable. And they unfold as potential multiplicities, structurally as well as organically.

Narrator: The artist explained how she felt when she held this piece:

Artist, Lygia Clark (read by actor): It transforms the perception I have of myself, of my body. It transforms me and I become formless, elastic .... Its lungs are mine.

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