Nomad


Painted bronze
42 x 169 x 105 cms
2003

A bronze cast of a figure curled up in a sleeping bag, painted to look real in purple with an orange lining.

At first sight this appears to be the form of a homeless sleeper. Wrapped in a sleeping bag cocoon, its title implies a wonderer living peripatetic life outside our cultural value systems. But the soft folds of the sleeping bag turn out to be hard metal, a painted bronze cast of this embarrassing cultural phenomenon. With uncompromising stillness the sculpture will never move or wander except at the behest of an art transport hoist. This image captured forever in the gallery, allows the viewer to wonder about lives led outside the ordinary; it gives them the power to stare.