Each cast plaster figure presents the female body as literally ‘topless’, in a range of poses from the coy to the confrontational. In form and material, Lucas’ sculptures mirror classical plaster casts. The figures are a symbol of daily life (and of death), implied by the cigarettes which have been placed in each sculpture, slyly puncturing their elegance.
By positioning the figures on furniture, Lucas returns to the use of everyday, domestic objects that has defined her career; the use of the ‘readymade’ to conjure up sexual puns and corporeal fragments. The traditional plinth is replaced by the stuff of reality – in a juxtaposition of classical form and furniture.
The exhibition has been made possible with Art Fund support.
Exhibition contains explicit content. Visitor discretion is advised; not suitable for young children.
PHOTO: MARGOT, 2015 © SARAH LUCAS, COURTESY SADIE COLES HQ, LONDON