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Sculptural Works, 2016-20






The fixation with the opposing forces of growth and compression took Dudek from photography to the world of sculpture: in works like Skinscapes one can feel her skin turning into liquid, flowing across the cracks and crevices of a concrete floor. This work shows skin (as an early embodiment of this organic expanding force) as fluid matter, and experiments how it reacts to external surfaces and systems of contention.

Dudek's has then gone on to develop works like Stroke I and II to further probe this essential clash. Fluid materials like expanding foam and latex confront rigid materials like concrete and metal.The former outgrows, the later compresses. And there is also the idea of the cast. The container adopting the shape of that what is contained, or conversely: a body leaving an imprint on that which intends to contain it. The irreducible idea of a box: the box as building, and the building as a container of living bodies.

Looking at Skinscapes, one can understand the Filler and Body Recasts series as a progression on the interest of architecture as a second skin, a container for the fluidity of organic forms.The metal grid is the boundary that limits, compresses and regulates. The images of concrete surfaces are also a type of skin, punctuated by a circular orifice denoting an organic form -a nipple, a navel- a casted space that seems strangely familiar. It is interesting to think about how they behave together in this work -the object and the casting- to create a space, a tension between the absence of what was and the tactile evidence that remains.





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Body Recasts I - V


Concrete;
Fetal Fence;
Silicone;
Latex; 
Plexiglass;
Steel

Dimensions Variable 
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Skinscapes


Pigmented Silicone


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Aphrodite


Concrete


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Strokes I & II



Concrete, Polyrethane Foam, Pigment, Steel


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Fillers I & II


C-Type Print on Hahnemuhle Baryta Archival Paper, Mounted on Aluminium,
Steel
100 x 136 cm &  100 x 79 cm

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