The rough, cement-coloured patina of this work in bronze by Marianne Aartsen gives this ‘classical’ kore an added dimension.
A kore is a type of ancient Greek sculpture from the Archaic period depicting a young female figure. Its face would normally have an emotionless ‘archaic smile’, as a symbol of transcending above the hardships of life. Aartsen’s kore has no head – or arms for that matter. She expresses herself instead through her rough surface, or skin.
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