Wiener composed these four diptychs in 1990. Dolls and masks were assembled in topographical manner into constructed tableaux on the scale of children’s playthings. However although the images reveal close detail, 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, when Wiener’s first child had just been born