Richard Deacon – Empirical Jungle

For my chosen artefact for this subject project, I found an interest in this sculpture displayed at The National Museum Cardiff.

Richard Deacon – Empirical Jungle (2003) Glazed Ceramics.


I was originally drawn to its form and body like limbs of the sculpture, the way it seemed to twist into itself like a figure, but also the way it stands, as if holding itself up but dripping towards the floor all at once.

Another observation was where the sculpture was placed, and it seems to be pushed under the staircase of the museum and I thought it strange that it wasn’t displayed in an open space. Maybe the angular, structural stairs are there to contrast with the smooth curves of the limbs in the art piece.

I want to start investigating this artwork, the artist, and use materials to play around with shape and form in my own way.


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