About Living Scenes
Wiener composed these four diptychs in 1990. Dolls and masks were assembled into constructed tableaux on the scale of children’s playthings. Familiar visual logic does not operate in this work, rather the experience is surrealistic. The eight images tell a story about birth and death, in a series of opposites, extremes or limits.
These images were inspired by the death of the photographer Murray Johnston, who died on the 3rd of January 1990, shortly after Wiener’s first child was born