Polished Toes and Ears Emerge from Rugged Hunks of Marble in Dorothy Cross’s Sculptures
In Dorothy Cross’s “Blue Dive,” a pair of ft with curled, unfold toes breach a rugged fragment of vibrant stone streaked with white veins. The sculpture casts the Connemara-based Cork-born artist’s personal extremities right into a block of uncommon Brazilian sodalite, a nod to the fleeting nature of human time compared to the longevity and enduring qualities of Earth’s assets.
The wealthy, stone carving is only one anatomical piece in Cross’s solo exhibition titled Damascus Rose, which is open by April 14 at London’s Frith Road Gallery. From a modern, tiled walkway to a pillow bearing a single ear, lots of the sculptures on view are chiseled into the red-hued titular stone and had been born out of the artist’s expertise in Carrara, Italy, a area identified for its marble.
Like her broader oeuvre, these new items contemplate the physique’s relationship to time. Cross’s chronology is prolonged, spanning from the biblical tales of St. Paul to the present crises in Syria that confront “the horror of human evacuation and the thwarted makes an attempt by hundreds pressured emigrate throughout oceans to supposedly safer lands,” a press release says. Different works just like the uncanny “Crimson Child” are extra private and are modeled after the artist’s childhood pillow, portraying an ear protruding from the middle the place an impression may in any other case be.
Earlier tasks fall beneath related themes of change and subsequent loss, together with a 2019 sculpture wherein a small shark emerges from a white marble flooring. The sprawling piece hyperlinks the marine animal’s 400-million yr lineage to the newer improvement of the stone and addresses the specter of over-fishing and finning to the present inhabitants.
Due to its dimension, “Crimson Erratic,” the imposing block topped with a number of pairs of overlapping ft, is unable to be displayed in Frith Road Gallery and as a substitute might be on view throughout the subsequent yr at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall. Cross’s website features a huge archive of her works throughout mediums, and it’s price having a look at her Instagram to view the carving course of.
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