Class of 2021 • Sculpture

Jack Scollard

National College of Art and Design


Graduation Year
Class of 2021


My practice is concerned with exploring themes of monumentality, the body and ideas of the anti-monument. The process underpinning this body of work is designed to visually interrogate what it means for images to be extracted, reproduced and reappropriated. As reinterpretations based on a series of graphite drawings of outdoor gym equipment, the sculptural works are conceived as frivolous provocations of the logic that reframes and promotes the body as a site of labour, in which health is a commodity to be earned. As well as this, the sculptures are to be considered as a mimicry of the body itself. Encased by a fleshy gold paint, these light but rigid plaster frames represent speculative endoskeletons or abstracted embodiments. Their eerie mid-air suspension connotes the modes of display of the deceased in natural history museums, perhaps implying that they are relics; monuments to our bodily decay.
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