Second Glance

NATURE MORT AUX GRENADES by Mona Hatoum, 2006–07, Galleria Continua.

Palestinian in background and raised in Beirut, the art of Mona Hartoum reflects what she knows and what she has lived with. She studied art in London and found herself separated from her parents while she was there, and her art reflects the struggles she and her family have felt. This piece looks like a table covered in glass paperweights, but upon closer inspection you can see that they are brightly colored, glass replicas of hand grenades.