A few weeks ago I went to an exhibition of Australia-born sculptor Ron Mueck’s works. His realistic creations of giant proportions are amazing!
>” Wild Man”: Why are you people looking at me?
I spent ages looking at the details! Creases in the skin, the hair, the veins, curves of the muscles, the colour…it’s so realistic!
>Giant “Woman in Bed”. I think it’s amazing how something so random and common can be a fascinating subject.
> Two old ladies! They don’t look particularly friendly, but I can almost imagine the conversations they are having, while they rug up for warmth.
> Old lady curling up in bed looking unwell. It’s a small sculpture but had a big impact on me, as it reminds me of the time I’ve worked in palliative care. Fragility, morbidity, mortality, serenity…
>Man on a boat with shirt off. Curious subject, but I thought why isn’t he sunburnt?
>Still Life. A bit of a shock to see this one.
> Oh dear chook.
> The mask. “Portrait” of Ron himself. It is just a shell and completely hollow.
Detail of The Mask. Every little detail – the eyelashes, the stubble, the lips, the skin texture – I could not pick any fault. Absolute applause for the artist!
There are other works on exhibition that I didn’t take pictures of. One of them was “A girl” – a huge sculpture of a just-born infant. It was so breath-taking that I totally forgot about taking a picture – it was like I was hypnotised. It also reminded me of stillborn babies – which is heartbreaking – and I felt like I had to move on.
>A web picture of the baby girl:
I am amazed by the craftsmanship of it all! Definitely one of the exhibitions that I enjoyed most.