Looking at a brain is uncomfortable. This small, bizarre, alien-looking organ provides us with a sense of self. It provides us with meaning and purpose - it might even be the fountainhead of the human soul. This piece is laced with incongruity and contrast. An icon of unfathomed cosmology is presented as a decorative object. An organ that is fragile, fleshy and strangely incongruous is rendered in a hard, cold material with great ethereal beauty. Light and meaning, gauche and chic, surgery and art, imagination and electricity - and all the while, we are looking at the seat of our own self-awareness.
Courtesy of Raglan Gallery
glass, copper and LED light components
47 x 23 x 11 cm
Judges of the 2010 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: John Kaldor AM (Principal of Kaldor Public Art Projects), Glenn Barkley (Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney) and Monica McMahon (Curator at University of Western Sydney).
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