"Halo After Botticelli" (1998-1999)

"Halo After Botticelli," 1998-1999
Blown glass with 24 karat gold, metal and wood wall mount, framed color photograph, 17 1/2 X 30 x 5 inches
Edition of 10
Photo by Mark Ritchie
Courtesy Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

"Some people have asked me whether I have any desire to do something original. I often explain that a lot of my work, all of my work, is derived from some previous source at some level and that what I’m doing is re-imagining something or shifting or transforming it slightly but always very much in connection to its source. I’m of the generation that doesn’t really believe in originality. It’s never occurred to me- this idea of, quote-unquote, originality being important."

- Josiah McElheny