Medusa Marinara Plate


Artist
Vik Muniz (American; Brazilian, b. 1961)
Date
1999
Medium
Digital print on porcelain
Dimensions
Work : 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (31.75 x 31.75 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.39

Label
Vik Muniz built his international reputation by creating ephemeral images using unconventional materials like dirt, rocks, trash and food, which he then photographs and presents in different formats. The image on this plate depicts Medusa, the most famous of the Gorgon sisters who had snakes for hair and eyes that turned people to stone. The design is based on a famous drawing of Medusa by the Italian Renaissance master Caravaggio, which Muniz has reproduced using spaghetti, tomato sauce and vegetables so that the image humorously resembles the remains of a good dinner.

Object Type
Ceramic
Academic Themes
Greek and Roman Myths