Steve Bishop - Contemporary Artists

Jean-Paul Gaultier - Classique (Arctic Fox)

Jean-Paul Gaultier - Classique (Arctic Fox) The Saatchi Gallery
 

Steve Bishop

Jean-Paul Gaultier - Classique (Arctic Fox)

2008
Taxidermied fox, concrete, paint

147 x 53 x 47 cm (with base)

Bishop conceived these pieces as “containers for something.” When joined the taxidermy and concrete unite a variety of opposites: soft and hard matter, real and stylised form, nature and construction. By setting one object into another, he literally created an “embodiment”. This idea of a sculpture being both an object and a vessel relates to the history of idolatry, where a form is both a representation and manifestation of its subject.
 
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