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Brick clay caryatid figure by Andy Edwards - c.2010

Brick clay caryatid figure by Andy Edwards
    Brick clay caryatid figure by Andy Edwards

This kneeling caryatid figure is a powerful representation of struggle under unstinting pressure. The nude male figure buckles under the pressure of his burden, causing his muscles to tighten and the flesh on his torso to fold in a manner reminiscent of the work of Auguste Rodin. The strain of his position can be seen in the hands and feet - taut and gripping in order to maintain the load which weighs down on his upper shoulders and neck. He has one hand on the ground keeping him steady, the other holds the side of his cargo, his fingers leaving marks from where his grip has slipped. In this crouching position the figure rests his chin on his knee and effectively sandwiching his face by his leg and the fore of his raised arm. Head turned inwards there is not the expression that the burden would suggest, but one of calm and possibly exhaustion. The sculpture has been cast in brick clay. The line of the mould is visible along the figure's back. The mould would have been in latex in order to allow release of the finished item. That this came from such a flexible mould can be seen from the fact that the mould line is not straight.

This kneeling caryatid figure is a powerful representation of struggle under unstinting pressure. The nude male figure buckles under the pressure of his burden, causing his muscles to tighten and the flesh on his torso to fold in a manner reminiscent of the work of Auguste Rodin. The strain of his position can be seen in the hands and feet - taut and gripping in order to maintain the load which weighs down on his upper shoulders and neck. He has one hand on the ground keeping him steady, the other holds the side of his cargo, his fingers leaving marks from where his grip has slipped. In this crouching position the figure rests his chin on his knee and effectively sandwiching his face by his leg and the fore of his raised arm. Head turned inwards there is not the expression that the burden would suggest, but one of calm and possibly exhaustion. The sculpture has been cast in brick clay. The line of the mould is visible along the figure's back. The mould would have been in latex in order to allow release of the finished item. That this came from such a flexible mould can be seen from the fact that the mould line is not straight and the evidence of tiny pieces of blue latex lodged in some of the sculpture's crevices. The sculpture has been signed on the rear. The whole is mounted on a polished granite podia, which has felt applied to the underside. Blurton born renowned sculptor Edwards has created a number of public art pieces for Stoke-on-Trent. Notable was his work on The Staffordshire Saxon project. That 9ft statue was created to celebrate and be displayed with the Staffordshire Hoard, and was the result of a £25,000 project which was additionally sponsored by WWRD UK. As part of that sponsorship Edwards used studio space within the Barlaston factory. A gift of the artist to the the company, this caryatid was lodged in the museum's collections as further evidence of Wedgwood's long tradition of work with artists in clay.

  • Type of object: Portraits and figures/sculpture
  • Mark: Ed
    [Inscribed]
  • Year produced: c.2010
  • Body: brick clay
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic, man-made fibre, granite
  • Decoration: moulded
  • Accession number: 14169
  • Dimensions: 333 mm (height), 128 mm (depth), 125 mm (width)

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