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The Great Wall Of Vagina.

Before I even start this post, I just need to say that I’ve always wanted an excuse to scream that from the rooftops, and now thanks to British sculptor Jamie McCartney, I can.  Trained at Hartford Art School, USA, where he graduated in 1991, Jamie is an artist who is hard to define. “I blame my degree in Experimental Studio Art… I’m still experimenting”. He admits to being a sculptor but shuns any closer definition. “I make things”. This mock humility belies a strong character with a definite je ne sais quoi… A maverick, a self-confessed enfant terrible and what he makes is causing a stir. The influence of his work in the film industry are clearly seen in his sculpture practice. Materials and techniques adopted are used in his assemblage-style work, combining i.e. animal hides, taxidermy, human teeth with sculpted and cast body parts. His interest in the human body has led to some unusual work i.e. Actaeon, a man’s torso cast in deer hide and The Impossibility of Passion, the beginnings of his move into what he calls Neo-Surrealism. Other works include After, a cast taken from his dead father, and the soon to be launched Great Wall of Vagina, comprising casts taken from the genitals of 400 different women. This work has attracted interest from around the world during its five years in the making.

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  1. January 16th, 2012
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