The work of Sam Jinks
The work of Sam Jinks draws on our shared fascination with the human figure, a fascination that has long pervaded the history of Western sculpture. Constructed from silicone, fibreglass, resin, and often using human hair, the viewer becomes suspended in an intense moment of intimacy with the work, a moment that cannot ordinarily be achieved amongst strangers. As we stare at the figures in states of vulnerability – be it babyhood, old age or quiet contemplation – we glimpse our own vulnerabilities reflected back.
For his new exhibition Immortality Project I at Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore, sculptor Sam Jinks develops his interrogation of the human condition through Ernest Becker’s seminal text The Denial of Death. Becker’s concept of “the immortality project” is one in which the individual focuses on the symbolic self, generating a personal belief system that seeks to be part of something that won’t die with the physical body – something eternal. This sets up the basic duality of humanness that exists between the physical world and the symbolic world of meaning. Jinks’ own personal immortality project depicts his wife Emma as Medusa with a tangle of snakes in her hair, oversized and commanding. Here Jinks invites the viewer to look directly into the face of a human connection that transcends the physical, but is excruciatingly mortal in its essence – an exercise in facing duality.
VENUE: Sullivan+Strumpf @ Gillman Barracks
ADMISSION PRICE: FREE
DATE: 10 Jan – 12 Feb
TIME: Tuesday to Saturday: 11am – 7pm Sunday: 11am – 6pm Closed on Monday
All Day (Thursday)
Sullivan+Strumpf @ Gillman Barracks
9 Lock Rd, 108937