Anne Chu

Hanging Goat

2008
Anne Chu’s sculptures are based on ancient sources, relics and folklore, as well as on objects and ideas that bridge the physical and spiritual worlds. Chu used this duality to explore the realm between representation and abstraction. Manipulating her materials to confuse our expectations – fabric and paper masquerade as stone, and metals appear as foam – she challenged us to reimagine the subject matter and significance of each piece. Hanging Goat is a hybrid, faunlike creature that evades our knowledge of the goat, one of the world’s first domesticated animals. The goat is presented here as a contemporary idol, or as a marionette poised at the edge of a performance.
Artist
Title
Hanging Goat
Date
2008
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
anodized aluminum, painted cardboard, aluminum wire, and rope
Dimensions
144.5 x 50.8 x 38.1 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 2009
Accession number
42905