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Fiona Hall - Paradisus Terestris, 1989-90
This intricate series of sculptures by artist Fiona Hall are quite something. They've all been hand cut from tin, which is pretty impressive. The series took fifteen years to complete and it's no wonder; a lot of work has gone into them. At first glance you may just see a set of delicately sculptured plants in pots, but look closer and you'll see more and more. You'll notice that the plants are not in pots, but are actually bursting forth from a sardine tin. Next you'll notice the sardine tins don't contain sardines at all, but instead contain human body parts, most often genitals; delicate relief sculptures carefully beaten into the metal. You may view this as human life, giving rise to plant life; but however you interpret her work, the overall effect is a really striking work of art.
Images courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.