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Born Male

Sculpture, 2011

Surrounded by an ornate gallery with Corinthian columns and opulently moulded cornicing a series of objects are presented on a Kubrick-like reflective black monolithic slab. At one side sits an elliptical column form looking like an oversized marble pillow, at the other is a corrugated sandwich of forged copper and neon-blue wax. The bent edges of the thick copper plates seem shell-like in their half-sunk profiles, both protecting and squashing the fleshy wax within.

The title ‘Born Male’ invokes a missing figure, masculine at one time.

(On closer inspection)

The elipitcal form isn’t marble but an intense web of emerald green, cobalt blue, turquoise and rust brown marks. It’s a peacock façade disguising the MDF on which it’s painted – questioning whether intensely working a material gives it value beyond its materiality.

Futher Information on the exhibition

Photography: Ruth Clark & Enzo Di Cosmo

Born Male
  • Title: Born Male
  • Materials: Paint, MDF, forged copper and wax
  • Dimensions: 3.1m x 1.2m x 0.7m
Born Male
  • Title: Born Male
  • Materials: Paint, MDF, forged copper and wax
  • Dimensions: 3.1m x 1.2m x 0.7m
Born Male
  • Title: Born Male
  • Materials: Paint, MDF, forged copper and wax
  • Dimensions: 3.1m x 1.2m x 0.7m
Born Male
  • Title: Born Male
  • Materials: Paint, MDF, forged copper and wax
  • Dimensions: 3.1m x 1.2m x 0.7m
Born Male
  • Title: Born Male
  • Materials: Paint, MDF, forged copper and wax
  • Dimensions: 3.1m x 1.2m x 0.7m