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Berlinde de Bruyckere

February 18, 2013

Berlinde De Bruyckere Lichaam (corpse) 2006 160x330x100

One of the strengths of these sculptures is there ability to make some quite bold statements around the areas of death, loneliness, cruelty or pain.. sometimes  sensational statements, while at the same time showing  their materials quite simply and how they seem to have been put together by the artist.

Berlinde de Bruyckere Marthe sculpture


This sculpture when view in person shows the pieces of wax fused together in order to create this somewhat destitute life form- or destitute reminder. This sculpture reminds me of the Bernini’s sculpture of Apollo and Daphne, mythological tale of Daphne, whereby the plant life begins to hold of Daphne’s body, beginning at the fingers, hands, arms and works its way across the body in a sculptural snap-shot in a running motion. Although comparable, in contrast these wax limbs are heavy, frail and limp.

Berlinde De Bruyckere Lichaam (corpse) 2006

Berlinde De Bruyckere Lichaam 2008 wax epoxy metal canvas

I see a beautiful kind of morbidity.

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