Paloma Varga Weisz

Galerie Vera Munro

NATURAL SCIENCE IS EMBARRASSED by the question of the missing link. Worldviews informed by religion face other problems. Instead of bridging anatomical gaps, they seek psychological continuities between man and creature, consciousness and instinct. In many ways, Paloma Varga Weisz's carved wood sculptures (all works 1999–2000) suggest a religiously founded alliance between man and animal. Stylistically this religious outlook emerges in the way the figures, hewn of limewood, refer directly to predecessors from the history of sacred art. Through their garments, posture, and physiognomy, they often evoke a late-Gothic vocabulary of forms. In fact, at first glance they might easily be confused with representations of saints or biblical figures. The show's very title—“Demut” (Humility)—sets a tone of piety. And the quiet presence of these figures, their devotion to the conditions of

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