Terence Koh

Cokehead

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Terence Koh
Cokehead
2006
Sculpture, plaster cast of Hermes the god covered in diamond dust, sugar and paint, enclosed in glass vitrine
60 x 35 x 35 cm

Terence Koh’s Cokehead is a cast bust of Hermes, the Greek god of travel and guider of souls to the land of the dead. Replicating the crystalline lure of cocaine, the sculpture is coated with diamond dust and sugar, a metaphoric veneer of sweetness, temptation, and indulgence. Encased within a glass vitrine, Cokehead stands as a relic of forbidden pleasure, his nymph-like form suggests sexual enticement and immortal power mounted on a base of powdering decay.


     
 


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