Jo Coupe, ‘Slab (Blackbird)’, 2017, WORKPLACE
Jo Coupe, ‘Slab (Blackbird)’, 2017, WORKPLACE
Jo Coupe, ‘Slab (Blackbird)’, 2017, WORKPLACE

Four tiny bronze sculptures - two birds, a shrew, and a decapitated rat's head - lie dead on steel slabs, low on the gallery floor. Their blunt presence is countered by the delicate intricacies of their surface. Anatomical details such as hair, ribs and even veins under the skin are visible, pulling the viewer down into their Lilliputian world. This on-going series of found dead animals have been collected and stored by Coupe in their family freezer amongst the ice cream and other plats-de-demain. Cast at home using jewellery-casting techniques Coupe creates miniature monuments that tease our fascination with death through repulsion and curiosity.

About Jo Coupe

British, b. 1975, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, based in Gateshead, United Kingdom

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Workplace Gallery at Dallas Art Fair 2017