Ozymandias, or The Irony of Obsolescence
Written in 1818, Percy Shelley's poem "Ozymandias" describes an ancient statue of the pharaoh of the same name. The statue, once towering and bold, now sits broken and decaying in the sand. This installation features an analog television, a now-obsolete icon of mass media, reciting the poem in its display of cultural dominance. The television will some day be forgotten, left as a king with no kingdom. "Ozymandias" is a piece with a moral: there is no such thing as a permanent installation.
This piece was part of "Between You and Me," an exhibition at Barron Gallery in Oberlin, Ohio in April 2017.