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Richier’s sculptures often incorporated found objects that she discovered while walking in the countryside. Here the neck of a Greek or Roman terracotta amphora, which Richier found on a beach in the Camargue region of France, forms the neck of a seated female figure. The original fragment was incorporated into a clay model, before being cast in plaster and then in bronze. Water suggests an analogy between the female form and the water receptacle, both being sources of life.

December 2007