O explores the multitude of ways in which cycles manifest themselves in nature and mythology including the cycles of life and death, birth and rebirth, the cycles of the seasons and the cycle of fertility and growth. Featuring a video work as well as new marble sculptures and photographic prints, this multi-media exhibition will also continue the artist’s personal investigation into the shape of the sphere as a signifier of infinity and continuity within a cyclical format.
In The Flesh is a series of sculptues that turn the geometric shape of the sphere into a visceral and bodily form by adding a simple crease, or fold, as if it is flesh. This crease embeds itself the pure, smooth form of the sphere, breaking the bounds of the classical shape, and adding a individualistic and tangible representation of the human form.
The crease on the sculptures is mirrored by the artist’s own body, which is featured in the black and white film by the same title. In the film, the artist represents a female chimera of human flesh, with marble skin which further emphasizes the boundaries beween the human and the inanimate. The artist moves around stunning marble quarry in the film, which questions the materiality of the organic matter as well as the viewer’s own physicality.
Film stills will be printed to provide a quiet and reflective response to the moving image, yet they are filled with an implied boundless energy that is invoked from the presence of the human form. The cold, rock hard marble is juxtaposed with the soft and supple female form in an evocative way that can be seen as a more salacious nod to the title of the exhibition.
The sculptures and stills are anchored by the dynamic and powerful Penelope’s Wheel II, a large scale light installation made up of 12 frosted glass globes, or ‘moons’ consecutively glowing one after the other, emulating the passing of time. The title comes from the myth of The Odyssey, where Penelope waited for Ulysses to come back home for 20 years, this piece was made as an homage to her virtue of patience and the themes of hope, frustration and faith.