Antoine Dumas

Statement

The sacrum of a bovine is a large, wedge-shaped vertebra at the inferior end of the spine. From its imposing form and strength, it supports nearly any weight, including that of a bull rider. Sacrum is both a sculptural and performative moment which reverses it all. The bull is a balloon riding the rider, while the sacrum is now an external prosthetic linking both protagonists by their most vulnerable body parts, one its belly, the other its back.

Sacrum is a self-reflection on my time here in the United States. It plays on images of freedom symbolic in America’s Wild West in regard to the reality of a conservative nation. Through the imagery of the mechanical bull, and by transforming its material condition of a hard, rideable shell to a fragile balloon, it transforms this symbolic moment of American culture into an uncanny experience allowing the viewer to reflect on the deceptive nature of these images.

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Sacrum
Polyester resin, fiberglass, latex, stainless steel, brass, silicone and leather
6 x 2 x 4.5 feet

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