Sleeping GirlSculpture, 2017. Mixed Media

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Sleeping and dreaming are hermetic states invoked by the artist in his figure work. Eyes closed and curled up on a sofa, 'Sleeping Girl' submits to dreams, her slumber separating her from the realm of the spectator. The sofa, a classic deep-buttoned Chesterfield, associated with gentlemen’s clubs the world over, appears larger-than-life and cups the young female in its comfortable hold. Based on the artist’s personal experience it captures a blissful moment when a parent watches over their child’s sleep. It is the child’s body at its most vulnerable, deserving of protection and care, yet at the same time its conscious mind is elsewhere, in a parallel world.

Hans Op de Beeck