November 10 - December 16, 2006
The first UK exhibition of work by Berlinde De Bruyckere will open at Hauser & Wirth London in November. De Bruyckere works in a range of sculptural media, including wax, wood, wool, horse skin and hair. These are combined to create compelling figures that suggest distorted human and animal forms. Her figures are often faceless, malformed and fragmentary. They perch precariously on high stools or are suspended from the walls or ceiling. At first their shape seems familiar although their forms resist interpretation, offering a disturbing vision of fragility and suffering.
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Working with casts made of wax, animal skins, hair, textiles, metal and wood, Berlinde De Bruyckere renders haunting distortions of organic forms. The vulnerability and fragility of man, the suffering body—both human and animal—and the overwhelming power of nature are some of the core motifs of De Bruyckere’s oeuvre.