Enrique Marty’s Shrunken Sculptural Portraits
Enrique Marty‘s sculptures depict everyday life with exaggeration. He begins by making molds of actual people, and then he plays with proportion. In this way, his work is like a tragicomedy, showing humor and horror at the same time.
Child Parents (above) is based on Marty’s parents. The Salamanca, Spain-based artist took molds of the elder Martys and then shrank them so they exist “between sculpture and puppet and pyschological objects”. He topped them off with real hair and clothes from his own nephew. The work comments on the parent-child reversal that occurs as we grow up.
Marty spends months on each sculpture. It is a laborious process done with oil paints.
I find these sculptures and installations quite mesmerizing.
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