About this artwork
This enormous sculpture by Mueck measures just over five metres in length and captures a newly delivered baby in her first glimpse of the surrounding world. Mueck exploits scale to affect the viewer’s perception of his sculptures. In creating this gigantic new born baby he uses scale as an expressive device to enhance and bring to the fore both the trauma and the miracle of birth. In her first stretch from the foetal position she clenches her fists and toes with the umbilical cord, which once supplied her with life, hanging limply. Her squashed and battered body, smeared with traces of blood, reveals the reality of the ordeal which we have all experienced but do not recall. Mueck’s sculptures deliberately stir emotions and encourage the viewers to consider the human body anew.
- title: A Girl
- accession number: GMA 4821
- artist: Ron MueckAustralian (born 1958)
- gallery: On Loan
- object type: Sculpture
- subject: Children Nudity
- materials: Mixed media (edition of 1 plus A/P)
- date created: 2006
- measurements: 110.50 x 501.00 x 134.50 cm
- credit line: Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2007
- copyright: © Ron Mueck
Mueck gained international recognition in 1997 for his sculpture ‘Dead dad’ which was part of the infamous ‘Young British Artists’ ‘Sensation’ exhibition, devoted to the work of young British artists, at London’s Royal Academy. Mueck’s sculptures are all of the human figure, some smaller than life-size, some larger. In them he aims to capture the feeling of key moments in our passage through life. With their uncanny realism and minute detail, Mueck shocks us into reassessing ourselves. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Mueck began his career as a model-maker and puppeteer in childrens’ TV. In 1986 he moved to London and ten years later he devoted himself to making ‘fine’ art. In 2001 he exhibited the colossal 'Untitled (Boy)' at the Venice Biennale.