Past the entrance into the first exhibition space, the first work you encounter is Ron Mueck’s stunning, enormous 4m statue of a woman. The impact is almost overwhelming. Her melancholic appearance is so empathetic that it makes the gap between us and her gargantuan scale all the more unsettling. Her sight line is out of our reach, as she gazes out the window, looking askance as through following some passerby. But in the constantly shifting natural light, and in our movements around her, she presents us many different aspects, inspiring us to imagine her life, as well as our lives and deaths. She is not just a sculpture as an object, but rather a presence for evoking backgrounds and stories. Having gained global acclaim with his gigantic sculpture Boy, Mueck is known for his scrupulous recreations of delicate parts of the human body: the skin, its wrinkles, bulging veins, each strand of hair, but always with these audacious changes in scale. Ever since his early works, his subjects have remained fictional.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1958. Lives and works in London.