Conceptual artist Thom Puckey sculpts clay models after real nudes and photographs. These are then cast in plaster, after which assistants carve them perfectly in natural marble. With this quasi-academic sculpture, Puckey refers to the idealized nymphs of 19th-century French salon art by painters su...ch as Jean-Léon Gérôme and William Bouguereau. It is only in the second instance that you see Puckey’s young dream woman pointing a pistol at her right calf. We seem to have landed in a postmodern film by Quentin Tarantino.
Text: Chris Reinewald
From: Museum MORE: 100 jaar realisme, 2020, Gorssel