"Flower head" 2004 Ceramic/Pigment
Conte Drawing on Paper
Recent Work 2003-2005
This new series of works in terracotta has two main
• A long-standing interest in the meaning of decorative motifs and patterns on clothing or applied directly to the body. This layer of surface information complements the form of the body itself.
• The experience of working on “Fragile Portraits”, a sculpture project with a group of homeless people for the Union Chapel, London in 2004. The participant’s faces and hand gestures were cast or modeled and then assembled into a group composition in a low relief panel, later cast into bronze. In the context of the Union Chapel Project for Homeless People, these tentative portraits took on a noble or spiritual dimension.
In “Virtual Portraits”, casts from the faces of ordinary people are re-modeled within decorative ceramic forms, which have references to religious objects and architecture.
The “realistic” portraits are positioned into a virtual or spiritual context.
"Virtual Portraits" Union Chapel