David Altmejd

The Holes

2008
Decay and regeneration are dominant themes in David Altmejd's work, represented in this large-scale installation through mythological giants slowly dissolving into an untamed landscape. As the beasts meld into their environment, fragments of mirrors and multitudes of semi-precious gemstones conjure the transfer of energy that takes place as nature absorbs and adapts to the process of metamorphosis. "The Holes" can be read as a "vanitas" or memento mori - in the Baroque era the image of a skull in a painting often served as a symbolic reminder of the certainty of death. In Altmejd's installation, the artist applies contemporary signs and materials in a theatrical and sublime scene, reconciling inanimate matter with the transience and fragility of life.
Title
The Holes
Date
2008
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
wood, mirror, glue, plaster, foam, metal wire, epoxy clay, epoxy resin, paint, horse hair, synthetic branches, synthetic flowers, pine cones, glass beads, quartz, quail eggs, glitter, and snail shells
Dimensions
291.5 x 883.9 x 518.2 cm installed (approx.)
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2010
Accession number
42946