Vienna

Judy Fox

Christine König Galerie

In her first European solo show, Judy Fox presented six naturalistic, lifesize sculptures of naked children. In no way hyperreal, these sculptures are of mythological or religious characters that range from the Virgin Mary to Mohammed to Jaguar Knight. The figures are drawn from the typologies of various religions or borrow directly from well-known works in the history of art. Saint Theresa, 1993, bent over backwards, eyes half-closed and mouth open, is clearly drawn from Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, 1645–52. The evocation of the ecstatic moment, which in the Bernini is at once mystical and sexual, seems utterly at odds with the child’s body, as children are usually associated with the ideal, the innocent, and a “natural,” unspoiled eroticism. However, the view that Fox’s sculptures address the problem of child abuse is utterly at odds with the spiritualized representation and

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