Diving, Carole Feuerman style

 

I chanced upon Carole A. Feuerman‘s hyperrealist sculptures at the Venice Biennale this week. And I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to own one of them. Or maybe a few.

They remind me so much of summer and of peace; and the existence of the Golden Mean (as Feuerman has aptly titled her large bronze sculpture) – the middle point between the two extremes of excess and deficiency, where everything is sufficient and in balance.

Right from the lifelike fingertips to the eyelashes, the amount of detail Feuerman incorporates into her work is impressive. And despite my ‘touching-an-artwork-in-a-museum-is-disrespect’ attitude, I couldn’t help but reach out and touch the resin drop of water on Quan, 2012 to see if it felt real.

The Golden Mean, 2012

Quan, 2012

Capri with Cap, 2011

Monumental Brooke with Beachball, 2010-11

City Slicker, 1982

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The Message, 2013

Next Summer, 2013

Survival of Serena, 2012

Feuerman is a genius at depicting healthy, beautiful women who are at complete peace with themselves – she has salvaged the everyday Venus as some of her critics proclaim. And irrespective of whether you see these sculptures in the middle of a busy square or in a quiet gallery corner, you can’t help but get drawn into the alluring tranquility of the female mind that her work conjures.

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