I was looking for something a little different to fit in with Tara’s Gallery theme this week as I think I have posted way too may pictures of my ugly mug recently, especially having just done a ‘selfie’ post. Then this picture occurred to me.
This is a sculpture in the British Museum in London called Mask II by Australian-British Artist Ron Mueck. The face itself is about 6 feet long and 4 feet high and I don’t know how it makes you feel but I find it really quite disturbing. I don’t know if it’s the scale of it or the astounding reality in it but it makes me shudder to look at it.
Funnily enough I feel about this piece pretty much the same way as I feel about the entire British Museum, although I can appreciate it, it disturbs me. Mainly because I’m not sure most of the exhibits should be there at all. I mean, to me, it looks like the Brits have pillaged historical artifacts from all over the world that really should have remained in their native countries. Call me controversial but I don’t think one of the Easter Island Sculptures, the Rosetta Stone or a piece of the Egyptian Sphinx amongst other things belong in London, England.
So what do you think of Ron Mueck’s artwork…Cool, creepy or maybe a bit of both?