Stephen Schofield   Recent Sculpture

October 22, 1994 - November 24, 1994

Organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery with funding assistance from the Canada Council

The primary images in a recent series of Schofield's work are small, truncated torsos halted in mid-flop or collapse or else appearing to be extruded from industrial surfaces. This work was inspired by an encounter with homeless children sleeping on the New York subway which the artist at first took to be inanimate bundles. Sewn from sheer black silk and filled with coarse sand, these body forms at first seem whimsical and toy-like but, in their disfigurement, gradually reveal themselves as homely, sad and unsettling. The suggestion of a child's torso refers to the significance of childhood experience in framing an analysis of psychological and sexual identity, a theme the artists has returned to time and again. This exhibition also includes some of the new Wrapped Egg pieces, in which a 'skin' encloses clusters of eggs that are pendulant from structures of industrial pipe. Cast from flexible molds in cement fondue, they play upon mass and gravity and the fragility of the membrane that contains them.

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