The Grotesque and the Figure: Sculpting Deviant Forms
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The grotesque and the abject body has become a popular form of representing or interpreting the human form in contemporary figurative art. I have chosen to join in on this dialogue by engaging the grotesque through a more literary sense and explore the possibilities of a different kind or perhaps more subtle grotesquery. My sculptures are a dialogue between formal issues of mass, gravity and the figure as well as a study and response to artists like Jenny Saville, Lucien Freud and Yossi Loloi. As my study of the figure has progressed, deviances in the human form have taken precedence over the more traditional study of anatomical proportions. Thus studying what happens to the body when it is out of our control allowed me to explore these interests in deviance. I have isolated aging and obesity as two modes of interpreting these anomalies. Through the project I alternated between large scale sketches and drawings and medium-small scale ceramic sculptures. The final product is a body of work that explores the formal limitations of ceramic, the challenges gravity poses both in modeling clay and in the body as well as traditional notions of beauty, idealism and the grotesque.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2013
- F&M Theses Collection