Laurence Edwards has made some amazing sculptures of the human form.
These two enormous heads have their features almost concealed under the lumpy surface, but the contours reveal a time-weathered person. Even the seemingly non-expression is an expression of sadness and despair. It makes me realise that even though our emotions are invisible inside us, they manifest themselves in our physical form however minutely – a slight upturned mouth or crumpled brow.
I like the physicality of these busts and they remind me of Auerbach’s paintings that use layers of paint to give such texture.
They were quite hidden at the end of the long gallery at Messums, Tisbury, which goes to show that it’s a good idea to hunt all around a gallery, behind as many corners as you can, as you never know what gems you will find!