About this artwork
Since the mid-1990s, Rachel Harrison has produced abstract, handmade constructions of wood, cement, polystryene and paint that often sereve as supports for found photos and objects. Stubbornly physical yet highly conceptual, Harrison’s sculptures evoke ancient memorials and reflect the influence of today’s celebrity-centric culture.
Pablo Escobar belongs to a handful of sculptures named for prominent men including former vice president Al Gore, golfer Tiger Woods, and singer-songwriter Antoine "Fats" Domino, among others. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (1949–1993) was a Colombian drug lord once regarded as the richest and most successful criminal in history. This vividly painted work, with its drooping bouquet of ceramic chili peppers, stands as a biting critique of cultural representations and stereotypes.
- Rachel Harrison
- Pablo Escobar
- United States
- Wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, and ceramic peppers
- 251.5 × 55.9 × 58.4 cm (99 × 22 × 23 in.)
- Gift of Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal