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 elliptical 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.
Materials: Paint, wood, forged copper and wax
Dimensions: 310 x 120 x 70cm