Alina Szapocznikow was born in 1926 in Kalisz in Poland. She died in 1973 in Praz-Courant, in France.

Autoportret – Zielnik is part of her last corpus of sculptures.

In 1971, following the incorporation of her “death mask” in Tumeurs personnifiées, Szapocznikow made a radical move back to a figuration, reworked through the merging of the body with the form and material of her sculptures. Imprinting the body in the material before it set, she created excruciating and fragile images of herself and her son Piotr that appear in the sculptures of the Herbier (Herbarium) series.*

*Cornelia Butler in “Soft Body/Soft Sculpture. The Gendered Surrealism of Alina Szapocznikow”.

AUTOPORTRET – ZIELNIK [SELF PORTRAIT – HERBARIUM], 1971

Polyester resin
19 x 34 x 7 cm
Loevenbruck, Paris

Photo: Marc Domage

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