Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Kardinal Syn

1984

Medium
Plaster and string
Dimensions
Object: 460 x 460 x 280 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1995
Reference
T06941

Display caption

The fragmented or sectioned head has been a theme in Paolozzi''s sculpture since Plaster for Mr Cruikshank, on display in the adjoining gallery. This work, Kardinal Syn, uses facial features derived from shop window dummies. The twine wound round the lower jaw of its battered and deformed head hints at violence and physical restraint, while the comic word play of the title adds a note of black humour.

Gallery label, August 2004