Oppenheim made a significant transition in his work from Land to Body art in the early 1970s. This period saw the artist’s focus of interest move from the macrocosm to microcosm, from the earth to the body and its endangerment and to the body as a means of accessing the mind. In ‘Reading Position for Second Degree Burn’, 1970, Oppenheim lay in the sun for five hours bare-chested except for an open book on his chest. He described the piece as having its roots “in a notion of colour change. I allowed myself to be painted, my skin became pigment.”
|Medium||Colour photography and collage text|
|Dimensions||216 x 152 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donated by the artist, 2001|
|Not on view|
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