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Yasmine El Meleegy, Emergency Room, 2016, cement, wax, dimensions variable.

Yasmine El Meleegy

Townhouse Gallery

Yasmine El Meleegy, Emergency Room, 2016, cement, wax, dimensions variable.

Yasmine El Meleegy’s sculpture Emergency Room (all works 2016) appeared to grow on Townhouse’s factory space like a fungus, reaching across the floor and climbing the walls in lumpy protuberances. An amalgamation of construction materials and more intimate figures and domestic objects cast in wax and concrete, the piece took the rough-hewn aesthetic of the gallery’s undressed brick-and-concrete surroundings and mutated it. In this work, doll-like concrete figurines, with soft contours and exaggerated anatomies, sit beside wax molds of teapots and salt-cellars. Little cartoonish cats, also in concrete, perch on their own cinder-block precipices surrounded by wax vases and facsimiles of infant hands. At the nucleus of the sprawl is a precious, miniaturized wax room lit by a tiny and carefully rendered ceiling lamp. Little balloons float in the warmly illuminated chamber, suggesting

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