London based sculptor Jill Berelowitz announces the installation of Core Femme in Cavendish Square, as part of Westminster’s City of Sculpture festival.
Rising approximately six metres tall, and expertly cast in bone-coloured resin, Core Femme (2011) represents a soaring spinal column. Twenty-four repeating female torsos take the place of curved vertebra, each individually attached to a stainless steel support.
Core Femme poses a formal tension between the unity of the body’s central element, and the multiplicity of the figures contained within it. Sensuality of surface and form are essential to Berelowitz, who studied intensively under Karen Jaroszynska, a Finnish artist noted for her unusual insight into, and compassion for the human condition. For Berelowitz, it is her development of this “fluid, emotional, mythical style” into sculpture that allows the viewer to access positive emotion and meaning from her work.
This sculpture extends the artist’s recent series of works that combine a repeated female form with naturally occuring structures, including the bronze Tree of Life (2010), Dance of Life Abacus (2010) and Persephone (2010), a pomegranate-shaped relief. As their titles imply, Berelowitz’s longstanding concern with philosophical and mythological motifs is played out in these works. Core Femme gives the Greek myth of Atlas a modern twist as the load bearer in this reworked classical story is female.
She has said of Core Femme, that it represents “womens’ strength of character, wisdom and spiritual growth … the core through which life’s energy flows”.
In the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games, the City of Sculpture festival transforms Westminster into a temporary open-air gallery, in which visitors can view world-class sculptures at major sites free of charge. All works, including those by Berelowitz, are for sale.
Core Femme is Berelowitz’s largest and most ambitious public sculpture to date. Previous commissions include the life size Pair Oar rowers at Henley on Thames and the Investec Rugby Challenge trophy.
Core Femme Key Information
On Public View 20th May 2011, for the duration of City of Sculpture festival
Height 480-540cm Footprint 90 x 90cm Medium Polyurethane resin: bone coloured
Address Cavendish Square, Westminster, London W1 Nearest tube Oxford Circus or Bond St.
Photo credit: Louise May Photography, http://louisemayphotography.com
|Duration||20 May 2011 - 20 May 2012|
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