Ron Mueck Ghost 1998

Artwork details

Artist
Ron Mueck born 1958
Title
Ghost
Date 1998
Medium Aluminium, fibreglass, silicone rubber, polyurethane foam, polyester resin, acrylic fibre and fabric
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 2019 x 648 x 991 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1998
Reference
T07445
Not on display

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Australian born, Ron Mueck first came to public attention during the Royal Academy's 1997 Sensation exhibition. He has been living in Britain for sixteen years and began his career as a puppet maker. He is currently producing figurative sculpture in a hyper-realist style.

Mueck's simulations of human subjects possess an eerie exactitude. He bases them on friends and relatives but does not directly cast from his subjects. Instead he makes works in fibreglass and silicone from maquettes modelled in clay. The distorted size and awkward posture often indicate the subject's emotional state. Ghost 1998, represents a seven-foot girl. Her enlarged scale and uneasy demeanour emphasise a sense of adolescent anxiety.

August 2004

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