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The sculptures are an exploration of deep, primitive emotions and pure physical force: fear of death, power, claustrophobia, speed, muscular movement.
Volunteers are asked to lay down on the ground, face up or face down. They will soon be covered by a large, heavy rectangular sheet of strong clay.
A bit like being buried.
Once their body is covered by the piece of clay, they are asked to crawl out of it.
Most volunteers will experience strong emotions.
As they crawl out of the clay, this material takes on the "escapist" form, quite literally.
The muscle movements and the limbs of the buried person, will create strange forms; vaguely human, maybe even animal, and vaguely "geological".
Once they are out of the clay, it dries, and the sculpture, made from this raw, basic, primitive material, hardens.
A field full of these sculptures could be a bizarre sight.
[Could remind some of the dramatic 'sculptures' of the people buried in Pompeii].
||Since the interesting shapes would mostly be on the inside of the clay, and hence difficult to see, wouldn't you want to use the shaped clays as a molds and display the resulting casts, instead of displaying the clay itself?
||Don't some branches of the Cosa Nostra already offer a very similar service to this, free of charge ?
||The act of crawling out would destroy the
humanoid shapes, and then the raised clay
would slowing slump down to a state of
flatness. The idea is good, but a different
escape method is needed.
||And you have to wonder how people will breathe. In response to something saw at a recent art show, I had in mind something vaguely similar, but with the people on the outside, as it were.