BENEDICT ROMAIN

SCULPTURE

PROPS

SET

1/8

Fragmented Venus (de Milo) I & II

2010

Plaster, wood

The body parts are cast from the inside of a cheap inflatable sexdoll, crudely connected with a wooden armature reminiscent of fragmented sculptures of antiquity, where the poles that connect broken pieces become more interesting than the statues themselves.

The piece is modelled on the Venus de Milo, a greek statue widely considered as the pin-up of the classical world. She was the physical target of the first ever recorded and analysed case of Agalmatophilia (where a gardener was caught trying to copulate with a replica of the statue).

The plaster faithfully replicates the manufactured texture of the plastic sex doll complete with seams, folds and an air valve, whilst maintaining a contrasting archaic aesthetic

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