George Segal, plaster, 1982
The American artist George Segal became famous in the 1960s with pure white plaster sculptures. He wrapped living models in plaster bandages and created his hardened casts directly into art. He placed his figures in a realistic environment, combined with everyday objects. This method of presentation showed a close connection with pop art.
Segal’s figures often evoke melancholic atmospheres. These are sculptures that arise from social pressure, war or alienation. The posture of the young woman in ‘Untitled’ exudes a timid loneliness. The mosaic tiles in the background remind us of a kitchen or bathroom wall. It is like a critical image of the woman who merely takes a moment for herself, lost in thought.
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