The Heong Gallery | Cambridge
In Search of Ariadne unravels the cultural meme of the reclining figure in art. The exhibition aims to unpack the questions: What is the reclining figure? Why it is something that artists have been intrigued with for centuries? And from where does this form originate?
The form of the sculpture is familiar from centuries of depictions of reclining forms from Michelangelo to Henry Moore. Turk uses this familiarity to subvert the viewers expectations. His Ariadne is under cover, forever hidden. Wrapped and secured with ropes, she seems to be in transit; between places; on her way.
© Gavin Turk 2022