Art: It Can Bewitch The Mind And Ensnare The Senses…
All Snape-related Harry Potter references aside, the point is that good art will have an impact on you, it’ll make you think about not just the creation of the artifact, but the feeling it gives you, the energy it gives or takes from the space it inhabits. Art can even be a mirror to our own lives, forcing us to reflect on certain moments or emotions that we ourselves have experienced and opening our eyes to universal truths.
The work of London-based Australian artist Ron Mueck does exactly this. Muck spent 20 years honing his craft working in Australian and British television and advertising, specializing in sculpture, mannequins, and animatronics. His art is known for blowing human figures up into enormous proportions — the effect is nothing short of trippy. His career as a fine artist launched when he was featured in an exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1997 called Sensation where his work entitled Dead Dad (pictured below) became a strong focus of the event.
The sculpture is a 2/3 life size representation of the death of Mueck’s own father, done completely from memory. Mueck works with clay, sculpting his figures before casting it in a plaster mould and replacing the clay with varying combinations of silicone, fiberglass, and resin. After that the customization varies based on the subject of the work, but he spends months on the details — freckles, individually implanted body hair — no stone is left unturned.
Today, Mueck has become well known in the art world for his wide variety of visceral creations. You might just find one that makes you think about your life in a way you’ve never done before.