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Voice in the Wilderness, 1982

polymer, 66.04 х 114.3 х 45.72 cm

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The theme of overcoming the abyss as a symbol of misunderstanding, non-acceptance, and alienation is also present in the “Voice in the Wilderness”. A walking crowd of human figures symbolising humanity finds itself at the edge of an abyss impossible to overcome. On the other side, there is a lonely figure representing a leader, a guide who cannot get along with the crowd. The abyss, the centre of the composition, divides the sculpture into two conventional planes and sets the mood for the entire work, forcing the viewer to think about the theme of understanding, the path and fate of humanity.  The collection includes two works named “Voice in the Wilderness”. One is made of bronze, the other of polymer. The polymer work is much larger in size compared to other sculptures in the collection, which draws the viewer’s attention. The abyss in this version of the sculpture is sharper and more expressive. An ample space where a dense crowd of people moves, disappearing into the depths, creates a sense of timelessness, visualising endless movement – the path of humanity. In her art, Mirtala often refers to the symbol of the crowd as an illustration of universal existential questions.