Saturday, January 8, 2011

Woman Eating

I saw this at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  For a moment I thought that it was actually a real person, but then I realized it was a sculpture by Duane Hanson, named Woman Eating.  

Once I knew that it was part of the exhibit, I gave myself permission to stare.  I stared at it for a while without having any conscious thoughts.  After a minute or two, I noticed that I felt very sad.  She seemed so real that I had started having empathy for her.  She seemed so tired, lonely, and even though she was overweight she was eating three scoops of ice cream.  Not that you shouldn't enjoy indulgences no matter your weight, but she didn't appear to be enjoying her snack at all.  

What did I learn from this? Live consciously.  Make decisions that bring positive outcomes.  I don't think that this woman is such a rare exception, but you can avoid her fate with daily effort. 

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."  
Henry David Thoreau 


  1. She is so so so very real looking. Even from a picture she looks alive.

    Yes living with deliberate intent that points ourselves in a positive direction makes such a difference in our lives. Beyond a doubt.


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  2. I thought she was a real person, too!

    Great words of wisdom by the way.

  3. She looks so real. I honestly thought that she was a real person too!

  4. She looks so real!! Duane Hanson must be very good!

  5. omg it looks SO REAL!!! lets live consciously together :) XXX

  6. This is really interesting. I like what you wrote about what it made you feel when you look at it. I think it's the look on her face that affects me the most. That is what good art is supposed to do. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a good Sunday!

  7. I don't know why, but I could stare at this pic for a really long time.. And the text you wrote with it, amazing! You're such a good writer!