Jaume Plensa - Sanna
Jaume Plensa (1955, Barcelona, Spain), Sanaa, 2013, marble and lead
ABOUT THE WORK
Predominantly producing figurative sculpture, Plensa has created Sanaa as a larger-than-life-sized head constructed of marble and lead. "Sculpture is not only talking about volumes," he has said. "It is talking about something deep inside ourselves that without sculpture we cannot describe. We are always with one foot in normal life and one foot in the most amazing abstraction."
For more than twenty five years, Jaume Plensa has produced a rich body of work in the studio and the public realm. By combining conventional sculptural materials (glass, steel, bronze, aluminum) with more unconventional media (water, light, sound, video), and frequently incorporating text, Plensa creates hybrid works of intricate energy and psychology. His work is invested in evoking emotion and stimulating intellectual engagement. By posing conceptual dualities in his work (inside/outside, front/back, light/dark), Plensa seeks to connect with his viewers on an intuitive level. Often, the viewer participation, or the object/viewer relationship, is what completes Plensa's work.
Recipient of many national and international awards, Jaume Plensa has had solo exhibitions at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Spain; the Musée Picasso, Antibes, France; the Arts Club of Chicago; Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, and Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris, among many others. He lives and works in Barcelona.
“This is an example of how scale can be a critical part of the message of a work. If we saw this face in life-size form, we would surely think it is beautifully crafted, but to have the scale so monumental we watched this more closely, much like we look at Georgia O’Keeffe flowers. Sanna’s face is sublime and peaceful as we would expect a child to be, but she is also powerful because of her size.” –Kathryn Hall