Spooning Couple

Ron Mueck


They may be 'spooning' in a fairly literal way, but they are in anything but a warm, loving embrace. The expressions on their faces and especially in their eyes show them to be deep in their own separate worlds. His left eye almost catches the visitor's own gaze in complicit acknowledgement that the bond between him and the woman has broken down. This double-take, this moment when you realise that someone is looking back at you, is a memorable part of the experience. For a split second, the sculptures are disturbingly real.

Material: Mixed Media
Size: 14 x 65 x 35cm
On loan to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
© Ron Mueck