Tuesday, 31 May 2011

New Sculpture: Pencil Sharpener (Squirrel II) 2011

Pencil Sharpener (Squirrel II) 2011

Size: Length 35cm x Width 30cm x Height 55cm
Medium: Mixed Media

Leo Cohen's Pencil Sharpener series are about deforestation. Squirrel II is of one of Britain's red squirrels, now a rare protected species.

Resurrected from the ruins of cut down forests, the squirrel appears both fierce as an enchanting protector of the wild but at the same time endangered, and crippled.

Inspired by Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion” each painting has its figure appearing ugly and tortured. Some argue that it is us who have made them this way, that we are the crucifiers and they the crucified. Similarly, it is us humans who continue to destroy and threaten the natural habitats of many animals through deforestation.

To help support the British Red Squirrel or to find out more about this endangered species please visit The Red Squirrel Survival Trust at http://www.rsst.org.uk/

Pencil Sharpener (Squirrel II) 2011 has been submitted into the Threadneedle Sculpture Prize 2011.

It will also be exhibited with The Screening Room Society at the Old Vic Tunnels (Kevin Spacey/Richard III) from Friday 3rd June 2011.

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