Fear and Denial
The proportions of this piece by the prominent installation artist Pepón Osorio are rather ambiguous: the two giant stuffed cats seem to be too large for the narrow table on which they sit. This incongruity reflects the artist’s recollections of visiting his mother’s apartment, filled with knickknacks and figurines, when he was an art student. The objects were in sharp contrast with the aesthetic values of the art world he was entering, and his conflicting feelings of repulsion and attraction assumed giant dimensions in his mind.
92 x 96 x 32 in. (233.7 x 243.8 x 81.3 cm) (show scale)
Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., by exchange
This item is not on view
Pepón Osorio (Puerto Rican, born 1955). Fear and Denial, 1997. Mixed media, 92 x 96 x 32 in. (233.7 x 243.8 x 81.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., by exchange, 2003.5. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2003.5_installation.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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