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The Cathedral


Alicia Penalba


Although she lived in Paris for most of her adult life, Penalba's work was deeply influenced by the landscapes of her youth. She is known for her totemic, abstract, vertical sculptures that she named after animals, plant material, and natural forces. Penalba described her work as expressions of spiritualized natural and erotic forms.


For the Young (and Young at Heart)

What part of your body do you see in the shapes of this work? (Hint: think "bones.") How might that part of your body be seen as "the cathedral?"

The Cathedral

Alicia Penalba, Argentina, The Cathedral, 1960; Bronze with green patina.