In Harchi’s words:
“The premise of ‘Still Living’ was to create a sculpture that could also be considered a performative piece though its interaction with its surroundings. Used in a solo show at the Punctum gallery, the bust formed from plaster, was covered with skin-coloured prosthetic silicone along with Afro-textured hair, flowers, string and a variety of coloured flocking powders. Partly influenced by Glenn Brown’s floral works, the main concept of the piece was to showcase decomposition in a theatrical manner. Achieving this through the use of the lifelike silicone skin, with more subtle touches such as the use of Amnesia roses, with their characteristic pale purple complexion contributing to the deceased appearance. The breasts are also concealed in order not to detract from the message and also to ensure there are no associated sexual connotations.
“Throughout the duration of the show ‘Still Living’ was placed upon a plinth allowing panoramic viewing, an accompanying projection featuring close-ups of the sculpture was flashed across the darkened room. With smoke bellowing from a machine to enrich the oneiric atmosphere, a home-recorded soundtrack of repeated humming and whistling tones provided audio. Aiming to confuse the viewer, creating a profound atmosphere though I always remained in control through the selection of projected.”
See more of Harchi’s sculpture in the group show:
6 July at 18:30 to 8 July at 18:00