The Fault Is Not In Our Stars, But In Ourselves, That We Are Underlings. (W. Shakespeare) | Miguel Rothschild

The Fault Is Not In Our Stars, But In Ourselves, That We Are Underlings. (W. Shakespeare) 2012 | Mixed technique 69,6 x 118,1 Inch

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A verse taken from William Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar, the title of this Miguel Rothschild work (The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings) directs our attention to the beauty of the star-filled sky that it conveys.

On a dark night, a sparkling bright constellation is made three-dimensional by the Argentine artist's technique of sticking pins and nails in each patch of light on the photograph. A nebula draws our attention, captivating us: it is the centrepiece from which the light bursts out, reflecting in every direction.

A very large photograph commissioned by Mr Carmignac, this work, aided by its title, predisposes us to a spirit of reflection and self-questioning. In Shakespeare's play, this verse is part of a discussion between two characters, Cassius and Brutus, on the equality of each individual: we are all born equal and free and there is no reason to bow to another man. This line has also been interpreted as meaning that man decides and acts not because he is destined to do so but because of the human condition.

As a result, we are submerged in the work's immensity, in the infinite, and looking at it horizontally have the impression of being under a starry vault in all its purity, far from any urban light pollution.

The work spirits us away, we look for constellations, guiding stars, and once again Miguel Rothschild unsettles by perpetuating the search for a new artistic three-dimensionality, adding tacks to transfix the viewer.