Janine Antoni

Unveiling, 1994

Bronze bell with lead clapper

21 x 15 x 13 inches (53.34 x 38.1 x 33.02 cm)

Photographed at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Unveilingis a bronze bell sculpted into the form of a veiled figure. The artist sculpted a veil of clay over a bust of her head and then cast the veil in bronze. The bell’s clapper is made of lead, a very malleable metal. As the bell rings, the clapper is perpetually reformed by the inside of the bronze veil. The veil hides Antoni’s image, yet transformed into a bell, it calls out.