Dan Alley - Sculpture
Self Portrait After Complete Fusion and Fission  
Glass, 1.120e27 atoms of Fe 
73 in. x 129 in. x 168 in.Self Portrait After Complete Fusion and Fission  
Glass, 1.120e27 atoms of Fe 
73 in. x 129 in. x 168 in.Self Portrait After Complete Fusion and Fission  
Glass, 1.120e27 atoms of Fe 
73 in. x 129 in. x 168 in.Self Portrait After Complete Fusion and Fission  
Glass, 1.120e27 atoms of Fe 
73 in. x 129 in. x 168 in.Self Portrait After Complete Fusion and Fission  
Glass, 1.120e27 atoms of Fe 
73 in. x 129 in. x 168 in.Self Portrait After Complete Fusion and Fission  
Glass, 1.120e27 atoms of Fe 
73 in. x 129 in. x 168 in.Self Portrait After Complete Fusion and Fission  
Glass, 1.120e27 atoms of Fe 
73 in. x 129 in. x 168 in.
Self Portrait After Complete Fusion and Fission
The element iron (Fe) is the midpoint on the periodic table between atomic fission and fusion. If all the atoms in my body were fused together and fissioned apart to form 1.190x1027 atoms of iron, it would be the size and weight of the disc on the floor. Physically I can be broken down into a collection of protons, neutrons and electrons. This excludes what embodies my existence. The glass panels express this tumultuous, fragile, and stitched together state of my being, the reflections and shadows they cast represent the ethereal. The iron represents the result of complete chemical combinations – what my body was previously made of, and what it can become again on an elemental level.
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