A selection of 7 sculptures from the series in progress are exhibited for Melanie Furtado’s Residency Finissage at Espace Jour et Nuit Culture in Paris, France.
Women: States of Being is a sculptural series allowing us to encounter women in their private world of introspection. An installation of individual women spanning a diverse spectrum of age and life experience are portrayed unclothed, immersed in their own inward reality.
The vulnerability of their naked human presence allows us to experience these women in an authentic state of being, not often found in the interactions of daily living. The solitary figures are installed in a collective grouping that emphasizes the idea of solitude as a universal human experience.
Historically, women’s bodies have been objectified and used to support societal agendas. In this exhibition, the sculptures represent women in non-classical positions that do not pander to the aesthetic interests of the viewer. Their bodies retain their personal agency and the right to simply exist for themselves, free from social constraints. The poses are purposefully left ambiguous so that the viewer is free to engage their own personal reflections.
Traditional methods of sculpting from life pave the way to explore the contemporary representation of the human body. The techniques of sculpting from live observation allow the translation of subtle emotional states into the physical material of clay. The process of adding and subtracting material is left visible on the surface, suggesting that the sculpture itself is still in a state of becoming. The final sculptures are cast into an acrylic resin with the intimate appearance of a plaster, mirroring the theme of the everyday reality of the works.
These figure sculptures invite us to listen beyond the social identity of an individual and connect to their essential humanity. By allowing us access to their hidden world of solitude, we are offered an opportunity to encounter these women in an unconventional way, and at the same time, to encounter aspects of ourselves within them.