Berlinde De Bruyckere

Marthe (and 1 detail)

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Marthe
Berlinde De Bruyckere
Marthe (and 1 detail)
2008
Wax, epoxy, metal, wood and glass
280 x 172.5 x 119.5 cm
Marthe (2008) shows a body in duality, disgusting but still half-human, a hand found in its twig-like limbs reminiscent of Ovidian-style transformation; it too, despite its lifelike physicality, is sexless, headless, inert, a re-imagined object. “It is not because you never see a head that it looks like it has been cut off. It is, rather, that I no longer think the presence of a head is necessary. The figure as a whole is a mental state. The presence or absence of a head is irrelevant.”

     
 


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