Hank Murta Adams
American, born 1956
Ethel, 1990
Cast glass, copper
28 × 19 × 12 in. (71.1 × 48.3 × 30.5 cm.)
Partial and promised gift, Adele and Leonard Leight Collection  1992.18.1

The Body Made Real
Like the Photoshopped bodies that saturate our screens and taunt us from grocery store checkout racks, unattainable images of bodily perfection dominate the
history of European and American art. Ethel, by contrast, has a hollow-eyed, corpse-like appearance. Her stiff, unyielding hair and the piercings at her shoulders heighten her haunting aura. Adams thus speaks to the true fragility of the body, under constant attack by the forces of time and trauma.