Berlinde de Bruyckere: Schmerzensmann

Berlinde de Bruyckere: Schmerzensmann
Library Shelf Location 18.BRUY
Publication Date 2006
Description This book focuses on recent sculptures and installations by Belgian artist Berlinde de Bruyckere and provides a rare and intimate glimpse into her studio and working process. De Bruyckere uses a range of sculptural media, including wax, wood, wool, horse skin, and hair which are combined to create compelling forms that suggest distorted human and animal bodies. Her figures are often faceless, malformed and fragmentary. They perch precariously on high stools or are suspended from the walls, ceiling or tall iron columns. At first their shape seems familiar although they resist interpretation, offering a disturbing vision of fragility and suffering and they appear vulnerable and violated, their skin stretched and broken. The works presented in the book invoke the Schmerzensmann, the eternal “Man of Suffering”,and focuses on eight sculptures in wax, one of the artist’s preferred materials. The texture of the pallid wax suggests a skin so thin and fragile that it is almost translucent. Close inspection reveals subtly mottled hues and textures that imply vulnerability to heat and cold but also to the more intangible threat of violence and fear. Each of the eight sculptures is illustrated from many viewpoints, offering the chance to examine in detail their form, surface texture, spatiality and relation to the viewer.
ISBN 9783865214096
Quantity 1
Pages 64
Author Gregor Muir
Format Hardback
Publisher Steidl
Related Artist Berlinde De Bruyckere
Categories Installation, Sculpture
Keyword Body (subject)
Artist's Nationality Belgian
Language English
Material Wax

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