One of the highlights of Blain Southern’s 2017 exhibition challenging viewers to think the unthinkable into the future was Paloma Varga Weisz‘s “Still Life” which left the viewer to use his or her imagination for the future of biomedical science.
The artist is now back in London at Sadie Coles in Davies Street, with an installation which is much more reflective, more deeply spiritual and more religious.
Around the walls, as if in the sepulchre of a church, on wooden plinths, are carved statues of indeterminate age which blend mediaeval and contemporary images, which adds to their timelessness, while in the centre is a full-size artist’s mannequin, a enlarged – and almost human – version of the small ones which artists use, but bound and struggling, facing out to the street. All of this reflects on Varga Wesz’s time spent as a wood carver in Bavaria.
Upstairs are drawings and studies for many of the sculptures and you can look down on the artist- based sepulchre from above – a small exhibition but with many layers of religion, spirituality and spiritualism.