Until July 23, 2011 – Domo Baal -Contemporary Art
Domo Baal presents Rachel Adams’ first solo exhibition in London. Adams’s work can also be seen in ‘Look with all your eyes, look’ at the Frith Street Gallery in London this summer. Adams is interested in the relationship between women and sculpture in mythological tales such as Pygmalion and Medusa. At the centre of both of these myths is a female protagonist who can overcome the static restraints of sculpture: be that either breaking from a rigid marble form to become living breathing woman as with Pygmalion, or indeed the reverse as with Medusa who transforms the living into motionless statues. Fusing furniture design, textiles, the iconography of classical ruins and decorative craft finishes, Adams’ objects pay tribute to the classical tradition of figuration: the bust, the reclining nude and the caryatid. These forms are blueprints for the depiction of the female figure within the sculptural canon in use from Ancient Greece to mid–twentieth century biomorphic abstraction and beyond.
Drawing on myths and traditional motifs, Adams plays with the identity of a sculpture and its relationship to both traditional materials and museum structures.