ref: c0o May 1-Oct 31 2014 GOLDEN SQUARE Josie Spencer - Open a 'pdf' of this press release - return to Galleries PR Index

It is in the nature of Classical sculpture to portray the events

and people of the time. In this work I am using the experience

of looking at Classical work to invite the viewer to consider

our own image as though it were

archeology; we are the subject of

sculpture discovered by the archeologists.

Our eyes are used to fragments of sculpture from

antiquity. They pose the questions in our minds as to

the fate and beauty of the complete work.

All fragments convey the vulnerability of the

subject, but we are not used to observing

ourselves in this way. This is my effort to treat a

very contemporary image of the figure as arche-

ology in the hope that we can look with renewed

interest at ourselves and the fragility of our world.

The complete figure reminds us of how different the

whole man can be from the figure that we imagine when

looking at a fragment. As in classical sculpture, the

imagination creates a complete figure from the fragment

that is both more, because it is idealized, and less,

because it becomes the observers creation.