Ron Mueck was born in Melbourne in 1958. Mueck is known for his ultrarealistic re-creations of the human figure in silicone and fibreglass. The extraordinarily lifelike sculptures are made with exquisite craftsmanship.
It seems that Mueck gets under the skins of his hyper-real figures, and he uses scale to expose vulnerabilities. His work of a just born baby, the fetal blood not fully wiped away, is the size of a small bathroom.
Each figure’s eyes mirror his or her soul. It is not that we identify with the figures. You can wonder who they are and what they do in their lives. A woman the size of a huge bedroom stares over the covers of her oversized bed, unready to face the day.
Usually larger is stronger and smaller is weaker. They baby however is huge but fragile as well. It is built like the Chinese wall, but it would die if we didn’t take care.
Ron Mueck at the British Museum