• Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, An Icon of a Marble King I, 2016, wood and marble, 6 3/4 × 14 5/8 × 3 1/8".

    Hera Büyüktaşçıyan

    Green Art Gallery

    One work in particular captured the essence of Hera Büyüktaşçıyan’s solo exhibition “Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble.” The Relic, 2016, is a bronze cast of two hands extending to mid-forearm and resting on wooden blocks, in front of which other blocks hold arrangements of gray mosaic chunks. The hands are turned palms up to reveal the imprints of mosaic tiles on their surfaces—an homage, Büyüktaşçıyan notes in the accompanying publication, to the workers who, legend has it, lost their fingerprints (or fingers) during the Taj Mahal’s construction, when sanding and smoothing

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