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Josée-Britanie Mallet, July 28, 2008
Ron Mueck_In Bed_Au lit, 2005
Ron Mueck_In Bed_Au lit, 2005
 
The magical, life-like quality of Mueck’s hyper-realist sculptures is striking. They show no traces of the artist’s hand, which allows each work to create its own psychological effect – from defiance to puzzlement to sorrow – without an apparent mediator. The artist’s sculptures not only engage the viewer in an emotional voyage from birth to death, but present a poignant image of the existential problem of the human condition. The aura that emanates from each work is so strong that the object seems to demand an open-ended dialogue between two selves: sculpture and viewer. This exchange begins in the graphic depiction of birth provided by the huge, unyieldingly defiant newborn, A Girl (2006), and ends with the reduced yet powerful confrontation with aging and death of Old Woman in Bed (2000). In between, are works addressing everyday life - from the mundane to the consequential – including Mother and Child (2001-03), capturing the mutually inquisitive, fatigued, astonished gaze between two beings not yet separated but suddenly strangers to each other, In Bed (2005), a large-scale brooding depiction of melancholy, and the much smaller Seated Woman (1999), who seems to be reflecting on a life almost passed.

Guy Ben-Ner_Elia_Elia – L’histoire d’une petite autruche (image fixe tirée de la vidéo), 2003
Guy Ben-Ner_Elia_Elia – L’histoire d’une petite autruche (image fixe tirée de la vidéo), 2003
 
Ron Mueck_Seated woman_Femme assise, 1999
Ron Mueck_Seated woman_Femme assise, 1999
 
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