- Magdalena Abakanowicz Falenty, Poland, 1930
- Material:Hessian and resin
- Descriptive technique:Work consisting of thirty figures
- Dimensions:Each figure: 165 x 63 x 33 cm
- Category: Sculpture
- Entry date:1997
- Register number:AD00461
- Image credit:© Magdalena Abakanowicz, 2014
This is the idea reflected in Thirty Backwards Standing Figures (1993-1994), a work that highlights the expressive and metaphorical capacity pursued by the artist through sculpture by filling the space with a uniform group of static sackcloth figures, both rigid and repetitive. Abakanowiz continues to use woven material, but imbues it with stiffness by combining it with resin, thus achieving plasticity and stability in the figure without sacrificing the desired hand-made quality and warmth of the cloth.
The thirty-figure composition seeks to express the uncertainty and horror felt by Abakanowicz in the presence of crowds. Crowds in streets and airports are represented as irrational entities which, due to their great numbers, intimidate the individual. The thirty figures that make up this piece are headless, hollow and can only be seen from behind, as if the spectator were forced either to follow them or to watch them walk away from the loneliness and isolation of oneself.
Carmen Fernández Aparicio
Abakanowicz, Magdalena (1930-)Dusseldorf : s.n. , 1972
Abakanowicz, Magdalena (1930-)Providence : Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design , 1993
Abakanowicz, Magdalena (1930-)Lodz : Muzeum Sztuki , 1991
Abakanowicz, Magdalena (1930-)London : Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd. , 2003