Stephen Cox
Chrysalis 1989–91

Artwork details

Artist
Stephen Cox born 1946
Title
Chrysalis
Date 1989–91
Medium Porphyry
Dimensions Object: 920 x 2850 x 1000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06662
Not on display

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This sculpture is made of a rare and valuable stone only found in the Eastern Mountains of Egypt, where the quarries lay untouched between the sixth century A.D. and the twentieth century. Notoriously difficult to work, Imperial Porphry was reserved in Roman times for Imperial sculpture but was rediscovered in Renaissance Italy when stone left by the Romans was carved. The artist describes this work as having to do with transition and reincarnation. It suggests a recumbant Egyptian funerary figure in the process of changing and mutating. The outer surface is polished and suggests a soft skin containing solid or volatile matter.

August 2004

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