The tactile art of sculpture

2008-01-11 00:00

Maureen Quin is one of South Africa’s best-known sculptors, her work ranging from major public commissions to small intimate pieces and from the realistic to the abstract. Perhaps less well known in KwaZulu-Natal than in other provinces, her work can now be seen in her daughter Lucy du Plessis’s Senses Gallery in Hilton.

But it was a good decision — and the grounding Stainbank gave Quin while she was avoiding the painting lecturer continues to stand her in good stead. “That sound basic training means I can do portrait busts, figures from life, all kinds of realistic pieces. They are easy for me. Accepting commissions is a good discipline — it’s back to the basics of sculpture.” And there is always the research, which Quin finds fascinating. Even if a commission may sound dull initially, something in it will inspire her for her more abstract and personal work. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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