Feet of Christ

Robert Smithson
Gouache on paper
18 x 14 in. (45.7 x 35.6 cm)

Featured among similarly religious works in one of Smithson’s first solo shows, ​Feet of Christ foreshadows the artist’s lifelong preoccupation with spirals. In this drawing, the stigmata are depicted as whirlpools of flesh and blood, their centers aligned like the empty eye holes of a mask. For Smithson, the spiral is an endless quest for completion, the geometry of which defies tangible fulfillment. The wounds in ​Feet of Christ ​are the symbolic end of man’s search for God—yet their meandering shapes render certainty elusive.

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