No, that's not a giant cadaver: it's London-based Australian artist Ron Mueck working on one of his sculptures.
Mueck's pieces are eerily realistic, with exceptionally detailed skin, hair and features. But the artist likes to play with scale: some of his figures are so big they fill a room while others are tiny.
Mueck got his start working in a very different medium: back in 1979, he was the creative director on an Australian kids' show called 'Shirl's Neighbourhood'. He built, voiced and operated puppets on the show.
He also worked on films, including 'Labyrinth' (he was the voice of Ludo), and in the advertising industry, for which he built hyper-realistic props and animatronics.
But in 1996, he decided to transition into fine art. He started with small figures, working with his mother-in-law on an installation piece.
The piece that made his name was called 'Dead Dad' (below). It was a realistic sculpture of his deceased father, at about two-thirds the scale, made using the artist's own hair.
Mueck's next exhibition opens April 16th at the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris. It runs through September 29.
All images Ron Mueck
Via My Modern Met
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