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Sculpture: Plastic, Rubber on Plastic.
Inspired again by Ovid’s tale of Pygmalion, this portrait of the sculptor’s idealised woman is modelled on the Venus de Milo; an ancient Greek statue widely considered as the pin-up of the classical world. She was the physical target of the first ever recorded and analysed case of Agalmatophilia (where a gardener was caught trying to copulate with a replica of the statue).
By turning this image of classical beauty into a cheap and degrading sexual object it addresses the constant bombardment of the image of women in a sex-sells consumer society, as well alluding to a mass-produced rape of art.
The crude wooden stand maintains the idea of Pygmalion’s studio and hand made craft in contrast to the clean-cut manufactured head.
This piece can also be exhibited as part of the installation ‘Pygmalion’s workshop’.