David Altmejd

The Vessel

2011
In this sculpture, plaster casts of the artist's hands and, in some cases, his ears, evoke the heads of graceful swans. By conflating human features associated with the senses with a bird of symbolic stature in poetry and myth, David Altmejd conjures movement and metamorphosis. He describes the movement as that which "retracts a little, to gain energy just before throwing itself forward." The Plexiglas cases were conceived by the artist as "an invisible support to hold things - to suspend them in space." "The Vessel" also references another kind of transformation, relating to the act of artistic creation itself.
Title
The Vessel
Date
2011
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
plexiglas, chain, plaster, wood, thread, wire, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, epoxy clay, acrylic gel, granular medium, quartz, pyrite, assorted minerals, adhesive, wire, pins, and needles
Dimensions
260.4 x 619.8 x 219.7 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2012
Accession number
45417